"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is a crazy mix of silly, danger, romance, and the unbelievable. Since Bong-soon fought the gangsters, her strength has been difficult to control. Combine that with her new job for Min-hyeok, Gook-doo's out-of-control worry, and an incongruent but very dangerous kidnapper/murderer on the loose, this show has gotten pretty exciting very quickly.
The number one aspect of the show that stuck out in episode 3 was the physical humor. Grown men pee themselves in fear of her; chryons depict humorous mutterings; Min-hyeok and Bong-soon bicker incessantly; Bong-soon believes Min-hyeok is gay. All of these things collide to create a Monty Python-esque tone. While it is fun for most of the episode, every once and a while it became too much. There is only so much drooling and urinating I can take before it becomes excessive.
Family is an important emphasis of the show - messed up family. Bong-soon obviously has the supernatural element in hers. Compound that with an every day worry of her pristine mother that Bong-soon's super-strength will keep her single and we get a mother who promotes promiscuity when every other Korean mother would balk in horror. The mother treats Bong-ki differently and the obviously preferential treatment is highlighted. Min-hyeok's family is based in shady, competitive dealings that have definitely made Min-hyeok suspicious and worried for his safety. These family stories are still being fleshed out, but they are definitely interesting. I'm wondering how they will later collide.
Park Bo-young is, as always, absolutely charming and her chemistry and onscreen rapport with Park Hyung-sik is amazing. I'm looking forward to romance happening. Ji Soo's character hasn't given him much to work with, but it's clear he is a strong presence. The villain is still mysterious, unknown and terrifying in this thrill in the chase. I'm still having trouble reconciling the darker tone with the comic book-like depiction of Bong-soon's powers and her relations with victims of her power. I know eventually it will manifest in relation to Min-hyeok.
Until then, give me more cute Park Bo-yeong!
Written by: Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'
Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via email@example.com.
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