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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 6


The major first part of this episode is, as usual, dedicated to Bonnie trying to avoid the plot. I don't mean her literal objective of trying to have sex with a virgin tiger, but rather Bonnie's general unwillingness to engage with Soo-ho. To be fair, Bonnie has been pretty tight-lipped with everyone about her rather puzzling motivation. Luckily for us Soo-ho is able to piece together Bonnie's plans without her knowing, and this really sets the story in motion once he finally meets up with Bonnie and attempts to set her straight.

Which is the atheist fantasy, you know? Using almighty logic to convince a religious person their God is a sham. And it's a fantasy for good reason- anyone who thinks a religious person can be logicked out of their beliefs does not understand what faith is on a very basic level. That's why it's intriguing watching Soo-ho try to talk Bonnie out of her patently ridiculous ideas and of course failing.

The conflict is interesting because as absurd as Bonnie's beliefs are she does sincerely believe them. What's more, Bonnie is a grown woman capable of making her own decisions and it is in fact a little paternalistic of Soo-ho to act like he knows better. Yet at the same time, Bonnie's actions quite literally put her in danger, so where is the line supposed to be drawn?

No satisfying answers are offered to this ethical query, which intrigues me as to the question of how "Lucky Romance" is going to solve this problem. If Soo-ho sleeps with Bonnie, that will validate her beliefs. If he doesn't, Bonnie could get hurt and leave Bo-ra in an even worse situation. What I especially like is that even though the set-up sounds like a gross pornographic fantasy, Soo-ho's obvious discomfort with the situation makes the ethical dilemma a very serious one that he's pondering over like a decent human being rather than a love interest.

Now, I'm glazing over the rest of the story this episode because...well, because there's no real story to speak of I'm afraid. "Lucky Romance" has always had some pretty questionable ideas when it comes to the video game design process and tossing Geon-wook in as a promotional gimmick doesn't really help matters. Once again "Lucky Romance" never really dips into legitimately unwatchable territory so this much is endurable as long as there's still action in the main storyline.

Review by William Schwartz

"Lucky Romance" is directed by Kim Kyeong-hee-II, written by Choi Yoon-gyo and features Hwang Jung-eum, Ryu Jun-yeol, Lee Chung-ah and Lee Soo-hyuk.  

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