Orange Marmalade ~ The End
Are you spending your summer time well? It has been a really hot summer in Greece and the heat has made me dysfunctional. All I wanna do is lay on the beach and sleep on the water if that makes any sense. But seriously I spent most of the time on the beach or else I wouldn’t be able to afford the degrees and the rest of the time I’m mostly sleeping. I thought summer would be all dramas but it seems like the weather makes it even harder than the time I had exams.
Anyway last week was Orange Marmalade’s last episode and it seems like the drama had to get interesting in the last 3 episodes. I mean really what took them so long? The beginning was just ok, then we got the Joseon era which I enjoyed, but it seemed like a drama got into a different drama and then the last episodes when we got back to the real time and we were given some quality episodes from a romance/fantasy drama.
The cliches of course happened like Jung Jae Min’s memory loss, but it didn’t seem so off, cause it actually happened because of a reason and it made sense, from medical perspective. That helped the development of the tough romance between him and Baek Ma Ri, which I mostly enjoy in kdramas, because it helps to showcase the emotions. Plus in the last episodes Baek Mari actually became the lead I was hoping for her to be, stronger and more determined, Seol Hyun based on the character change improved her acting.
Since I started with the things I liked from the ending. It was very nice how they didn’t make a fake happily ever after. As I have said in another post before “Orange Marmalade” the webtoon and the drama, didn’t create vampires as supernatural monsters who only exist and torment humanity. Vampires in “Orange Marmalade” symbolize the different people and the outcasts of the community and that was well delivered. At the ending of the drama there is a change, more vampires come out to the open showing people they are not a threat and it seems like a beginning of a new age. Not everyone accepts them and that seems realistic, even in the last minutes a drunken guy wants to stop the performance of the band, a band that got kicked out of the tv program because of the two member’s identity. But because of the other band members acceptance and some people rooting for them, they want to go on living for who they are.
About the acceptance, it seemed to me a bit off, how when Jae Min got back his memories he immediately made up with Ma Ri. There were the scenes when Jae Min helped Ma Ri, even when he didn’t remember her and the school was bullying her for being a vampire. But still Jae Min seemed to be against them like there was not tomorrow. That part seemed somewhat rushed, that is why in my opinion, if the drama had more episodes they could develop the story line of the ending without the time pressuring them.
We could have more scenes between Han Shi Hoo and Jo A ra too. I mean Jo A ra was really annoying in the beginning, but after the joseon era he became more likable and really the romance between her and Shi Hoo had a lot o potential. The chemistry between them was strong and they would make the perfect couple for my second lead syndrome. They hint a possibly relationship in the last episodes but I wanted moreeeeee. They reminded of Nana and Sunwoo couple from Monstar which I loved.
The acting was ok. Yeon Jin Goo (Jung Jae Min) skills definitely saved the day, I mean since Seol Hyun (Baek Ma Ri) acting is not so strong for a main lead for me, a worse acting male lead could lead to a disaster. Lee Jong Hyun (Han Shi Hoo) was a surprise, his acting was nice and he delivered his character decently. His aura is really strong, he was definitely an impressing bad boy. Gil Eun Hye (Jo A Ra) I haven’t seen her in anything else but I hope I will. She only showed some of her acting since her role was small, but she is for sure pretty especially when they changed the terrible hairstyle, they were giving her in the first episodes.
“Orange Marmalade” was not a waste of time from me but I can’t guarantee someone would like it.
Many people dropped the drama because of its difference with webtoon, but if you take the drama alone it is not terrible at all. I said it before, if they stepped up their game like they did in the last episodes it would have been even better. I would rate this drama with a 7/10 without being too nice. I mean there were other famous dramas, that I found my self struggling watching and this one was definitely not like them.
Did you watch “Orange Marmalade”?
p.s The title of the band ” Orange Marmalade” is really sweet, if you think it’s meaning, of different people being together like when you make marmalade you need both the peeled part and the inside of the orange.