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The High Society ending

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Unfortunately, although I liked the beginning,I have to include “High Society” to my “not worthy of your time” summer’s dramas list. That list is not short, I have to say and either I choose the wrong dramas to watch or lately there really hasn’t been a drama that I would really say, without holding back “This drama is great, you have to watch this”.

Anyway the writers of “High Society” tried, based on the chaebol theme to make a new interesting story and they almost did it. Having the main female lead being a chaebol girl, who has the characteristic of an innocent girl and the male lead eing a poor guy having the mentality of a corrupted rich man. The second couple was played safe with the typical poor girl/handsome chaebol story, but I’ll be talking about them later.

What made the drama interesting in the beginning was that clever change of the roles, the “bad” male lead and what it seemed at first the different view of the upper family.

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But the drama went bad at so many points. The family story and the company matters, turned out only to be fillers of the story, loosing all the interest they had ( we didn’t even get to see what happened in the end between the big brother and the big sister, did I miss something)

Choi Joon Gi had the potential to be an innovating role in the characters of dreamland, but he became disappointing, since he fell in love and that changed him. That is what the viewers wanted to see, but it really didn’t make sense a person who had clear goals, changed so easily for the shake of the indifferent Jang Yoon Ha.

Jang Yoon Ha was another problem of the drama. A female lead that could be a supporting role. I don’t know what went wrong there cause if you think about it Jang Yoo Ha’s character is not that bad, can I blame it on Uee’s acting?

The story that I found my self paying more attention in every episode was Yoo Chang Soo’s and Lee Ji Yi’s. It was the typical chaebol love story. Most of the times I was annoyed with Yoo Chang Soo and his relationship with his mother, but it was a bit understandable, how he cared about both Lee Ji Yi and his position in the family. Overall their love line was well made. I shipped them more than the main couple. These two could have had a drama on their own and it could be better.

Am I being too judgmental? But really Lim Ji Yeon’s acting was on another level than Uee’s and that was showing. Honestly I was of the first Uee’s fans, I would always support her dramas and I was impressed with her acting in the beginning. It all began at “Ho Goo’s love” when she started that “I’m talking like I just woke up” technique but it got mastered in this drama. Her gaze and her talking were really distracting, it was like she was smelling something rotten the whole time while she was ready to fall asleep. I have faith in Uee so I hope she steps up her game, cause I know she can. But for this I think she didn’t fit Jang Yoon Ha’s character, it was a disadvantage to the drama.

Sung Joon, there is not a drama of him that I’ve watched and didn’t like his acting, the same goes for this one, although they didn’t take advantage of his potential. He could totally be the mysterious lead if they didn’t turn him to the typical lover boy. Hyung Sik is a decent actor and he did a great job as Yoo Chang Soo, his expressions and his confidence were a prefect fit.

The drama had some great actors Yu Ju Sang as the father, Ko Du Shim was amazing as the mother with so many troubles. Lee Sang Woo the older brother and Yoo Ji Hye the older sister were very charming. Bang Eun Hee’s role as the mistress was sometimes annoying and the only purpose of the character was to show the disappearance of love between the two parents. Nam Myung Ryul and Yang Hee Kyeong as the parents of Choi Joon Gi, portrayed well the decent poor people. Choi Yong Min as the employee always next to Min Hye Soo was solid. As an After School fan, since their debut days, I can’t leave Yoo So Young out, she was annoying, that means she did a good job, acting like the spoiled middle daughter.

It was not a drama that I had a hard time watching it, at least not for the first episodes, but really I wouldn’t suggest it, if someone wanted something nice to watch. I give it a 6,5/10.
What about you guys?

p.s since the post was somehow heavy, I’m leaving a hot Sung Joon from behind the scenes for you (^_-)

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  1. August 2, 2015 at 5:55 am — Reply

    I was planning to marathon it…but looks like it will be better to drop the idea 😉

    • August 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm — Reply

      I think there are more dramas out there, worthy of you time.

  2. August 3, 2015 at 3:46 am — Reply

    I agree with your assessment. Other than Sung Joon, I am not a fan of his acting. I love Uee, but this was not a role for her. I’m not sure what was going on with the 2 lead characters unless it was because of the limited abilities of the actors in these roles. I really liked the first half of HS. It had some of the same themes of Heirs, about youth, and class conflict, and dreams, and even the modern sageuk thing. I was really hoping it would succeed with the dreams theme where Heirs so miserably failed, in developing characters with dreams that needed to figure out the path, allowing the characters to pursue their dreams. But it didn’t. Joon Gi lost his ambition, Yoonha gained it which was like a complete brain switch, and even Ji Yi went from an independent woman to whatever the hell that was in the end. The only one that stayed true was Chang soo, a spoiled rich kid with a decent heart that was going to work with his place in society…but he didn’t want the pressure of the political marriage unless he absolutely had to. He’s the one that got his dream lol. And I have no idea what the point was with Yoonha’s older brother, that all was weird and never quite resolved.

    • August 3, 2015 at 11:58 am — Reply

      I watched “Heirs” and it was good for passing your time but like this drama, I wouldn’t recommend it. I agree with you about the characters, aren’t dramas supposed to teach you something? I don’t know I got confused in the end and Ji Yi who I liked the most became the typical housemaid of a chaebol family, disappointed.

      • August 4, 2015 at 3:09 am — Reply

        Heirs had and interesting dream and eyes as windows of the soul themes going on early, great coats and interesting male lead twinning lol, but it got lost in ‘creative’ directing that dropped the writers dialogue and themes and gave us shallow people with nothing to offer. HS had a great first half and then just went to nothingness. I’d never recommend it either of them either!

  3. Newbie
    August 3, 2015 at 6:22 am — Reply

    Completely agree with your judgement. Such a failure, a total waste of time. Why did I even finish it? I don’t really know, but maybe because I liked the second couple in the beginning.

    Uee changed so much since Ojakgyo Brothers and what ever the reason, it is not for the better.

    • August 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm — Reply

      I know, I hope she can find her way again. I don’t know I have been really disappointed with summer’s dramas. I have the same problem with “Scholar Who walks the Night” I’m afraid it’s gonna end up like this one.

      • Newbie
        August 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm — Reply

        I’m only on ep 3 with Scholar. Now I’m scared. TT TT

        • August 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm — Reply

          I’m sorry, you might like it^^

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