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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF Tuesday, November 14, 2017

[Drama Review] 'Revolutionary Love' - Episode 9

Siwon, Gong Myung, Kang So Ra

Let's just be friends, she says! Well, that's what you get for being so self-assured, Mister 3rd generation chaebol Byun Hyuk (aka Super Junior's Siwon). So it turns out, 'Revolutionary Love' wasn't quite ready for the romance to take over the spotlight just yet. As a continuation from where we left off last week, Byun Hyuk and Baek Jun (played by Kang So Ra) kiss, but Jun argues that she didn't feel any "Pikachu electricity" afterward and says they should just be friends. She's totally lying!

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My favorite Pokemon is SO NOT Pikachu!

Still, I personally did feel relieved to see that the drama opted to move away from the romance portion for the episode after that little surprise attack. There's still a lot going on, and Byun Hyuk is still miles away from proving that he's grown out of his innocent, ignorant, dumb chaebol character into a more thoughtful adult. He manages to work out the issue with the old manufacturing company that got laid off by his father's company, the Kang Soo Group, but then faces the wrath of his office co-workers for acting on his own impulse. Those people do have every right to rebuke Hyuk for his rash actions. Literally, in the real world, his way of solving the problem would never have worked. Which also makes the plot of this drama weak, considering that so far, the repeated pattern we've seen is a problem very much like what would happen to real employees in society today comes up, but the solution to each of these problems is the magic hand of an unrealistic, 3rd generation chaebol who talks his way out of trouble. Is there any way for our main characters to work together and come up with more feasible ways to save the day?

Tell me where the Black Suit is, you thief!

The drama also finally does something that the second-male-lead lovers probably approved of very much. Kwon Jae Hoon (played by Gong Myung) got to see some of the spotlight. In this episode, Jae Hoon not only opens up to his dad about his feelings (HIS FEELINGS! OMFG!), but he also begins to show some real human emotions, such as a glimpse of his lingering hatred for Hyuk and the Byun family, or his concern toward Jun at the prospect of the Byun family meddling in her past. That really was a lot of material, considering all he did for the last 8 episodes was scowl and act like this robot who follows orders to the nail! So we learn that Jae Hoon hates the Byun family for sending his father to prison unjustly. He also does not know that it wasn't Hyuk who caused the hit and run accident, and believes that Hyuk is responsible for sending his father to prison, when the criminal behind the accident was actually the older brother, Byun Woo Sung (played by Lee Jae Yoon). So he's frustrated, he's having a hard time, and he wants revenge, but what form will his revenge take? That's the biggest mystery keeping us all a little more involved in this story, I personally think.

Look at my sad face. It's such a subtle difference from my robotic scowl for the last 8 episodes, right?

By the end of the episode, the story leads into some new discoveries about the mystery surrounding Jun's father. It seems like the next episode will be dealing heavily in that issue, with Jun running here and there to uncover the truth and prove that her father was wronged by the Kang Soo Group. Meanwhile, each of the members of Hyuk's family are on the verge of becoming more involved with Jun. The older brother, Byun Woo Sung, goes for the classic route by telling the poor, civilian girl to stay away from his rich little brother, while Hyuk's mother seems to be approving of the relationship. I doubt that this story is going to take a turn for the sappy, tragic love story between a rich guy and a poor girl. What we really need to see is more... realism. If this drama is going to become the social commentary on unfair systems in Korea's workforce, it's going to have to work a lot harder and not push the imaginary notion that everything will work out because 3rd generation chaebol Byun Hyuk got yo back. 

Oh no I can't believe I just ate Mr. Porker! Just kidding, he was so tasty. 

I'm just going to have to admit it straight. This drama isn't doing a very good job of keeping me interested. I've decided that the weakly developing plot needs some serious jazz to spice things up, I'm not all that curious as to who Jun is going to end up with and would really be okay if nobody ended up with anybody, or if that policeman and the flight attendant get married at the end, either or; and we're far enough into the story where light humor courtesy of Siwon's facial expressions isn't going to make a huge difference. Let's just see where things go from here. 

Don't mind us, we're just trying to reenact the Tobey Maguire meme. 




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