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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 10

2014/01/16 | 2486 views | Permalink

This has to rank among the slowest moving murder plotlines I've ever seen. It needs to be emphasized- nearly every character already has all the information they need about the plotline. The only explanation for their constant hesitation and dithering is...well, because we have wacky subplots to get to. It's apparently now Song-I's goal to get Min-Joon recognition as her manager. There are also various other mishaps involved, as is to be expected in the woman's daily life.

The storyline is cute and comical, sure. But it's also horribly out of joint with the rest of the narrative. I'm not even totally sure why Min-Joon is going along with this. Is it because he likes her? Surely there's avenues to explore that question which don't involve getting tied up in this entertainment industry stuff. Min-Joon's main interesting character trait is his aloofness. It just doesn't make much sense to drag him into anything.

Mind, aloofness is also the drama's biggest weakness right now. Min-Joon does not, so far as we can see, have anything in the way of moral scruples, given that he makes absolutely no effort to get the USB Drive to the police and put an end to this entire plotline here and now. And yet at the same time he can't be bothered to just toss Jae-Kyoung into a volcano, which would also be a lot less work than all these apparently pointless negotiations.

The entire murder storyline feels horribly misplaced at this point because the characters just aren't treating these revelations with any kind of urgency. Vague rumors about Min-Joon's cosmic nature are fun stuff, and the way he ineffectually tries to dodge these absurd questions provide a ripe enough source of conflict on their own merits. There's all sorts of questions we could get into about who Min-Joon is, what he can do, and whether he should do it.

But none of these questions can be sensibly discussed as long as Jae-Kyoung is running around doing typical villain stuff that's frankly just pointless, and I have a hard time seeing at this point how this could possibly change. Jae-Kyoung will most likely survive the crisis situation presented in the cliffhanger. This is a fact that annoys me to no end. It's like the drama really wants to have heavy crisis situations so badly that it never stops to consider that we've already seen all this stuff, and it wasn't that interesting the first time either.

Review by William Schwartz

"My Love from the Star" is directed by Jang Tae-yoo, written by Park Ji-eun and features Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin and Yoo In-na.


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