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My Heart Twinkle Twinkle ~ Review

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“Either good or bad, rich or poor,
If humans possess at least one more thing than others,
They wield that power mercilessly.
Even poor people are like that,
They’re cruel and severe to those poorer than them.
That’s how people are.”

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My Heart Twinkle Twinkle was one of dramaland’s unluckiest children during 2015 even though it had shown its great potential from the very first episodes. Everything went so wrong since the very beginning and it’s barely the drama’s fault. Channels do care about their weekend dramas, but in My Heart Twinkle Twinkle’s occasion SBS gave me the impression as it if was abandoning its own child right after birth. The drama wasn’t properly advertised and it never managed to achieve proper ratings, in fact, the ratings were quite embarrassing for a weekend drama and soon enough the drama’s airing plan got shortened.

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Instead of drama promotion we were receiving ongoing announcements informing us that the number of the episodes was being cut down until the drama was chopped in half. Instead of 50 episodes which was the arch plan, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle reached the end with 26 episodes and a rushed scenario approach in order to pace with the flow. If this wasn’t enough, Lee Tae Im’s departure made a part of the cast leave the drama behind as well as their characters where related to her part of the story.

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My Heart Twinkle Twinkle was a weird occasion of a ghost ship roaming across the waves of dramaland without a captain, but with the rest of its crew and passengers on board. The crew has to be the cast, the screenwriter and the director and the passengers are the part of the audience which decided to honor the drama itself despite the forthcoming obstacles. I don’t regret starting this journey in the first place as i expected nothing right before starting it. The drama itself made me crave for more as episodes were passing by. Under the ever-changing circumstances the journey was becoming less and less enjoyable, but still, the drama itself was kind of addicting and i couldn’t condemn it to a lake of obscurity.

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The scenario was both intriguing and competitive and everything was progressing in slow pace so that we will get to witness everyone’s background story. Every single figure had his/her own past which was longing to come to the surface when the timing would feel right. There were many interactions that were moving on step by step. You could easily witness the progress, but also the changes, of our characters through the multifaceted crossroads of My Heart Twinkle Twinkle, characters that were supposed to be the opposite of one another, but deep within they were so different yet the same.

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There were many things to be told but were left unspoken simply because there were many things that had to be done in the first place and their absence was the drama’s actual condemnation. Even if the storyline was rushed from a moment and on, the writer tried to keep the drama’s basic characteristics in a representative way. Most of the suspense and mystery factors had been set aside as the fast forward pace was making My Heart Twinkle Twinkle devoid of natural continuity. You could predict almost everything from a point and on and surprises lessened. However, the writer managed to preserve the drama’s consistency up to a welcome extent. Τhanks to her attempt we got to witness the contours of everyone’s background story, not in depth but through peripheral information and assumptions eventually.

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The drama had its humorous moments which were more than welcome. During these moments our heart could actually twinkle, but after the number of the episodes got shortened the already overburdened ambiance of the drama overshadowed even more the quirky and hilarious scenes. Secrets, pain, lies, hate, discrimination and devastation through a darkening sense of longing were just a few pieces of negativity’s puzzle. The world of chickens never felt so frightening before. Had a fairytale been shot, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle’s revised scenario would had been written with the blood from the wound. It was too painful and burdened to be called a makjang, but it definitely possessed its own makjang explosions, they were inevitable!

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The cinematography was spot on. It was warm and surrounding when tranquility was reigning supreme, it was also natural during some of our figures’ daily routine, but it was getting gloomier every time darkness was pulling its dreadful curtains. The highly representative closeups were an inseparable aspect of the drama as they were vividly portraying the characters’ internal world which was being carved upon their faces. One thing i loved was the distinctive presentations of a rich household and a poorer or more humble one. The differences aren’t always distinctive in South Korean dramas due to the sense of maximalism which is almost always being infused even in the lower parts of the social pyramid. My Heart Twinkle Twinkle managed to visually differentiate each and every figure’s background. We knew where they were coming from and we could witness their progress based on their decisions.

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At the end of the day, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle’s strongest and most poised card had to be the acting factor. Bae Soo Bin was stellar and he was breathing life in Woon Tak’s peculiar personality in an exemplary way. Bae Soo Bin delivers his own meaning when it comes to depicting a menacing and eventually explosive side. The sense of devastation he was bringing to life when his character was shattering to pieces was as fragile as a glass and as sharp as the remains after the impact. Woon Tak had his own sickening side, but whenever he would let love’s vibes overrun him Bae Soo Bin’s acting would make him feel like a completely different person, the one after darkness had subsided during the calm between two storms. Woon Tak was yet another medal on Bae Soo Bin’s acting jacket. Jang Shin Young as Soon Jin, the oldest of three sisters, was always connected to her character through a variety of circumstantial events which eventually led to her transformation and further maturity after all these struggles she had to go through.

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Lee Tae Im was someone i missed from the drama, she was pacing perfectly well with Soon Soo’s temperament, finesse and escapism when it comes to a character who was actually trying hard to move on and leave the past behind. Nam Bo Ra was a raw diamond through Soon Jung’s presentation. Lively and natural, humorous but also emotionally overburdened and on the run, she followed her own course in the violent crossroads of life and Nam Bo Ra was there to breathe through her. One of the most exceptional performances belongs to Lee Pil Mo, he was always hilarious as Soon Chul, especially when he was around Soon Jung, but without neglecting his ongoing emotional weight which eventually came to the surface. Oh Chang Suk was pretty strong in depicting Do Hoon’s down to earth personality and every time he was finding himself alongside Soon Jung and Soon Chul all hell was breaking loose! Jung Eun Woo as Kwan Mo was minimal on his approach just like the character was asking for, but you could sense the volcanic eruptions through sheer patience on the inside. Cha Soo Yeon‘s austere on the surface yet fragile on the inside approach on Ye Rin was intriguing as well, she was a bright example of a devoted yet desolate careerist.

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Nevertheless, there were many irritating figures, but the most representative of all have to be the three sisters’ aunt, Mal Sook, and Woon Tak’s mother, Mi Ja, accompanied by her two daughters, Geum Bi and Eun Bi. All four actresses did a superb work and maintained the nerve-shaking status of such characters. Every time Mal Sook and Mi Ja were opening their mouths you knew it was going to get troublesome with almost irreparable consequences! The same applies to Geum Bi, especially when you take into consideration the like mother like daughter factor, but Eun Bi had her own moments of atonement and she was actually quite an interesting character!

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I loved My Heart Twinkle Twinkle for everything it could had been, not for its transformation. You could say i enjoyed an imaginary drama, the one i was looking forward to, the one that never happened before my very eyes. In the end, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle was an interesting drama setting feels alight, but it was buried effortlessly. The cast’s unyielding, sincere and heartfelt attempts were the life jacket which kept My Heart Twinkle Twinkle above the surface; wounded, but breathing.

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“Have you ever seen rich people eat chicken? Rich people don’t eat chicken, they eat steak. Chicken is for the common folks, all these people on their kids’ birthdays, athletic events and picnics; that’s when they wait to eat chicken. But if I charge a lot what will become of them? Those kids will be so disappointed. I have to sell cheaply so those people can buy at least once more. And I’ll tell you honestly, even if I sell cheaply, I make a small profit.”

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  1. August 25, 2015 at 1:18 am — Reply

    I’m ashamed to admit that I never finished this drama simply cause it changed courses so early in the drama, and I just couldn’t commit to it. However, after reading your beautifully written review, I’m inspired to pick it up again just to see how everyone ended up. It’s a shame to hear that their backstories won’t be explored into too much detail (since I believe that that is really crucial when developing character) but that doesn’t deter me too much. Thank you for the review; hopefully I can get back to you soon so that we can share some thoughts on it lol 😀

    • August 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm — Reply

      Nah, there’s nothing shameful in not having finished a drama, especially after it went through so many obstacles in order to survive in a way! Thanks a lot for your words and in case you pick it up i hope you will find interesting aspects that will keep you watching until the end! I have to agree, character-developing is crucial in dramas, but this one didn’t get the chance to preserve it to the fullest :/ The generic idea is there, but background depth from a moment and on started deteriorating. You are welcome and thanks a lot once again for your thoughts and comments! 😀

  2. bmore
    August 25, 2015 at 2:39 am — Reply

    Ugh. I would comment, but I literally poured my heart and mind out on this already on MyDramaList and in viki comments! What a travesty! What an utter waste of cast! So much potential So utterly horribly wasted. Another brilliant performance by BSB as a tortured villain. No one does it better I swear!

    • August 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm — Reply

      This drama had all the potential to turn the world of chickens into something brilliant, but it was left on its own, sadly. The cast did their best for a lost cause and at least for them, it was worth watching for me, even though it could had been better if, if, if and if. I will never get over the deliver dude’s death, he was Soon Jung’s first real friend. BSB is the king of tormented villains! XD

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  4. cynkdf
    August 25, 2015 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Thank you for an amazing review. Love it! If SBS had promoted the drama better (say, the way it promoted the successors to MHTT), I believe MHTT would not have suffered such abysmal ratings. For this crazy BSB fan, it’s simply heartbreaking to see BSB deliver a phenomenal performance in a show dismissed and/or under-rated by so many people. Reading your insightful, magnificent review makes me feel somewhat better. So thank you again!

    • August 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm — Reply

      You are very welcome and thanks so much as well! I believe so too, with proper promotion MHTT wouldn’t have reached the bottom ratings-wise. BSB deserved so much better, but the greatest part of the story is that he didn’t surrender, he fought to the last second! It was a matter of acting honor and his performance was indeed phenomenal. I hope his next drama attempt will be a fertile ground that will reward him! His guest appearance in School 2015 was priceless! XD You are very welcome and thanks a lot for one more time for your words! 🙂

  5. Laura Ng
    August 26, 2015 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    Thank you for for a lovely review of MHTT. I loved your wrap-up recap review. Even though the show never got a chance to reach it’s potential to *twinkle* I loved it so dearly. I was hooked early and watched livestream, raw, subbed and even rewatched it. I loved it, I hated, I wanted more of it (50eps more). BSB as WT, what can I say that you guys haven’t already said, indeed phenomenal. WT was a facinating character and he made me feel so conflicted. Was he the hero or the badguy. I guess anti-hero if there ever was one. BSB and the rest of the cast gave the show their all even though it was a sinking ship abandoned by SBS. Imagine if MHTT was given half a chance and had it’s full run of episodes. Thank you Mr Kwon ^^

    • August 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm — Reply

      Laurita! 😀 Yup, it was more of a darkle than a twinkle ride, but for some weird reason you can’t hate it, you keep loving it in a weird way that the drama itself can’t necessarily explain, you just keep doing it! This drama took your watching warrior spirit to a brand new level :O It’s the drama you hate to love and you love to hate, but the weight is on the first part! XD BSB was all over the place, such a multifaceted acting on a multifaceted figure like WT! I think he was a villain and an anti-hero at the same time. Villain because of some of his actions, but that aspect was condemning him a bit more and the anti-hero feels were stronger simply because he was being misunderstood at times. Even if it was given half a chance, not full support, it would had been a very good drama and with full support a great one! Everyone would still be talking about Jin Sam’s chickens, well, we still do from time to time, but more would be talking! XD You’re welcome and thanks so much Laura!! 🙂

      • Laura Ng
        August 26, 2015 at 6:06 pm — Reply

        Excellent decription and analysis of WT. WT is such a facinating character and it was BSB’s portrayal that really made it even moreso. One of the best misunderstood villain’s I’ve ever encountered in a kdrama. I blame his mother – LOL!!! That woman would make anyone turn EVIL. Between his mom and his two spoiled sisters who could blame him. He just wanted to love and be loved by his sweet, pure Soon JIn. I even forgave him for beating up my sweetie, Assistant Goo..well sort of XD

        • August 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm — Reply

          The most important part of his transformation was that his father and eventually his mother forgot where they came from. His father turned into a satyr and died as a drunkard in a car accident, his mother’s brain turned into a golden hot air balloon and she was spitting upon her past when she was harshly discriminating against Soon Jin and the likes of her. I can’t even imagine the conflict taking place in WT’s brain living in such a sickening environment with such traumatic childhood years and being unable to be loved and eventually love.Once he met Soon Jin everything changed, their walks by the sea (or river – whatever it was X ) were just <3 The circumstances were such that their future would be harsh, especially due to his mother, but also because of the dirty little secret of her father's death and her sister's disappearance. Duplicating her calls was so sick though XD I was so glad assistant Goo survived! One of the saddest parts of the drama was the delivery boy's death, he was Soon Jungah's one and only friend back then, he deserved a better fate :/

  6. Laura Ng
    August 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Though WT did some horrible, evil deeds I was curious to see his “road to redemption” esp after he saw his sweet little baby boy, but thanks to SBS we never got such an opportunity. Ahh, yes, the delivery boy..poor kid. Poor Soon Jungah also. Blamed for the death of both her parents and deliveryboy too. What abt that nerdy boy who helped her “steal” the secret chicken sauce recipe.

    • bmore
      August 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm — Reply

      So much left unexplained and undeveloped in this drama…forever a travesty to me. I MOST of all wanted an explanation/revelation of why WT’s mother was the flaming bitch from hell that she was. NO background, no development of that character and she was the linchpin to so much of the drama in that drama. I still feel there was so much more to that part of this story. Why was she SO evil? So unbearably vicious to her son in one moment, and then almost terrified of the beast she awoke in him? This horrific mother bore the sole responsibility for the man WT grew into and the interactions between those 2, as well as the comments of his 2 sisters regarding their relationship and their reluctance to push him too far hinted at a long standing problem and fear of him. Yet they would then continue to goad the tiger! I never understood this and we were never given an explanation. There was a whole dynamic there that I was madly curious about. Understanding the environment he grew up in would have revealed so much of why he was the man he was.

      I hated that 3 year break thing….so wrong. 3 YEARS? Enormous knowledge of that family and Soon Jin’s development as a character, a peacemaker, a lover and soother of that tiger, were left off. It was made very obvious she was his salvation, and that there was tremendous passion between these 2…fully reciprocated. Despite his obvious signs of distrust (built by a life of being unloved and being stabbed in the back even by his own mother), this was one area where he was absolutely sure of her and seemed to seek, therefore, constant reassurance of her love in that one place of solace and safety for him…their bedroom. So when she removed that from him, he went spinning out of control. Just recalling his face during those moments when he lost her! BSB…he is a God among Tragic Villains!

      Oh Lord. Why did I see this post? Every time I read a new remark my heart starts hurting again and I feel the frustration building. Of course….I COULD just not read them!!!! 😉 I remember wishing there was some way to contact Bae Soo Bin and tell him and the cast and crew that there were many of us rooting for this drama and hugely disappointed in what happened to it. I know they must have been disappointed and mortified at how it all ended. I need to watch Secret again I think.

      • August 27, 2015 at 6:32 pm — Reply

        So many true words! This “mother”… XD She was only a flaming bitch indeed and as for her past the only thing we got is that she was constantly spitting upon her poor past and all the poor whose personification were SJ’s family and especially herself who was in her sight every freaking day… We didn’t get background, just a makjang “superhero” i wanted to throw inside a volcano, but she’s good in such roles! XD
        3 years break in that occasion = at least 10 episodes of precious information, character build and progress…
        “BSB…he is a God among Tragic Villains!” I can easily imagine him in ancient Greek tragedies! XD
        “Oh Lord. Why did I see this post?” Because you can run but you can’t hide from Jin Sam’s chicken! XD
        “to contact Bae Soo Bin and tell him and the cast and crew that there were many of us rooting for this drama and hugely disappointed in what happened to it.” I guess they will never know how much love the cast received :/ Because they did, despite the stormy drama circumstances.

    • August 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm — Reply

      Yush, WT was a beast at times and he committed crimes, but indeed, his road to redemption was in fast forward pace, we only got to witness a glimpse of his longing, a glimpse of his redemption and both of them were presented as an outcome at the end of the drama whereas there were many steps in between that had to be skipped -.-
      Yes! That nerdy dude with the recipe! At that time he felt like he would play an important part in the story, but once she got the recipe the production vanished him! XD It felt like SJ was like “i got the recipe now i pee on you, pee pee pee” XD

      • bmore
        August 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm — Reply

        More importantly. ..do you recognize him??? You should!!!

        • August 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm — Reply

          Who and about what? XD

          • bmore
            August 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm

            Sorry to leave you hanging. I was at the dentist’s office. You won’t believe it. His name in MHTT was Son Ho…now go look at the cast list!!!! (I love to make you suffer!)

          • August 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

            Hope the dentist didn’t deliver much pain! XD OMG! PRAYING MANTIS!!! I can’t believe i had crossed paths with him before, especially in MHTT!!!

          • bmore
            August 27, 2015 at 9:22 pm

            consult only…the major pain is in my pocket book.

            The only reason I knew is because our group was mad about Glorious Day drama and, in particular, In Woo. Kim Hyung Kyu was absolutely adorable in that show and every emotion that he is not showing here was beautifully expressed in that drama. We all fell for him, so when they announced he was going to be added to the cast AFTER we had already been notified of the first episode cut, we were like WTH???? And so we watched and waited for him to show up. And when he did, it was like Don’t blink your eyes or you’ll miss him!!! UGH! The frustrations of that drama…they mount higher and higher the longer we talk about it. Poor Lee Tae Im…she bore the brunt of “ruining” that drama when, in reality, it was being sabotaged from above long before that…for reasons that will probably always be a mystery.

          • August 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

            Go away pain from the pocket book, you don’t belong there!
            Wasn’t aware of that drama, checked it a bit and it has so many people and so many… couples?! So in Last he’s the opposite of a passionate and expressive human being, something he presented in Glorious Day!
            “when they announced he was going to be added to the cast AFTER we had already been notified of the first episode cut, we were like WTH” it must had been a real torment, among the other torments as well XD Lee Tae Im 🙁 She didn’t deserve to bear that burden of an already ruined drama.. Every time she was apologizing i wanted to punch someone!

  7. bmore
    August 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    Yeah, we all felt the same way…talk about blowing things out of proportion! The (so called) news media are such bottom dwellers.

    • September 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm — Reply

      Took a small break from the bloggie to marathon within 48+ hours Road Number One! XD

      • bmore
        September 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm — Reply

        Ugh….been on My List forever!

        • September 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm — Reply

          I have written a review, but i am too bored to put in the article the screencaps, can you believe that?! XD If you loved Comrades you will love Road Number One Less, but it’s still a great experience!

          • bmore
            September 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

            Comrades…also on the list forever!!! I’ve heard that same thing about Road…it’s good, but. I will still watch one day though! So Many Dramas!

          • September 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm

            Something tells me that you are going to worship Comrades in case you start it ^-^ So many dramas indeed.. so little time for all of them and the plan to watch list always grows longer! XD

  8. City
    September 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    Only two episode reviews?

    • September 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm — Reply

      Sadly yes, time wasn’t on my side when i decided to start recapping it so i didn’t move forward, just 2 ep recaps and a drama review 🙂

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