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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 4

2017/03/06 | 1184 views | Permalink

As we get to know our main characters better and the kidnapper snags another unfortunate woman. Bong-soon is definitely having to re-examine her super powers and her personality under this new employment, but she is not yet seriously involved with self-reflection. Min-hyeok, on the other hand, seems to take things lightly, but there is a dark side to his experiences that make him a weighty character.

Min-hyeok is the meatiest character thus far with a backstory we can sympathize with and an adorable crush on the very unusual Bong-soon. Hyung-sik plays the quiet beats with grace and is just as savvy with comedy. My only quibble with Min-hyeok (and the other main leads) is that he seems to change personality based on plot needs. I'd like for them all to have a more solid trajectory that took them out of caricature mode. Bong-soon is cute, but there is only so long her selfish outlook on life will carry her. She should know better than to get drunk with her powers. I'd like to see the truly difficult side of bearing powers because as of right now that aspect has only been joked about. Also, with her sloppy secret-keeping and constant public displays of Herculean strength, there is no way she can keep her powers secret for long.

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Gook-doo is a troublesome character as well. He's characterized as a typical chauvinistic male, needing to protect a woman because of her weakness. He forces those views on Bong-soon. While in some ways it's sweet he wants to protect her, it's actually not sweet at all. He shows no affection towards her. Only controlling orders. I hope to see him change and become more open-minded.

The bad guy in the creepy kidnapping is, well, creepy. And he's ridiculously smart. All we see is him doing clever things and the cops following very far behind him. Very little focus has been given to the development of the major crime, the threats on Min-hyeok, and the family strife. This causes problems when trying to make the comedy and the crime thriller meld in the same show.

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Although I criticize, I am definitely liking the show. It is laugh-out-loud funny. I just wish the substance that is present was a bit more organized.

Written by: Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'

"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is directed by Lee Hyeong-min, written by Baek Mi-kyeong, and features Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik and Ji Soo.

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