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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 8

2018/03/27 | 404 views | Permalink

So apparently Jin-woo also owns a car. Why does everyone own a car except Yoo-ri anyway? Maybe she has to spend all her money on medical bills, or possibly looking after her teenage sister who spends all her time coming up with complicated bullying schemes instead of studying. Soo-jeong is less proportionately important to the story than you'd think. Although then again, there's so little story in "That Man Oh Soo" there's not much for her to do anyway.

Anyway, more than automotive or finance issues, I was struck by the absurdity of Oh Soo giving Yoo-ri that big speech about calling on him for help at any time when he was about to go on an overseas trip. Oh Soo being this big robotics expert is another aspect of "That Man Oh Soo" I find rather confusing because it really doesn't add anything to the story. I guess it does allow for excuses for Oh Soo to run into Hyo-jin, although since he just finds excuses to avoid her, what's the point?

Of course Oh Soo also used to make a big deal out of avoiding Yoo-ri and that didn't go anywhere. Now they're romantically connected or something. Their relationship remains poorly defined. Jin-woo gets to copy many of Oh Soo's heartfelt moments with Yoo-ri, once again creating the implication that Oh Soo is the main lead in this drama largely on account of the fact that he runs into Yoo-ri more frequently by accident.

We finally see Man-soo running the cafe. Logically I'd think Man-soo is always running the cafe, since he presumably has no other job. Apparently Ga-na runs the cafe sometimes too, although since he doesn't have the magic tree birthmark I uh...I assume he can't do the same magic tea stuff that Man-soo and Oh Soo do? But sure, Ga-na can still run the cafe for purposes of private matchmaking, I guess. Although, in that case, why did he leave the open sign out?

Elsewhere Yoo-ri's mother is still very sick, and so Yoo-ri is sad. You'd think Soo-jeong would be upset about that too but then the entire sick mother storyline appears to exist mainly for the sake of leaving Yoo-ri emotionally vulnerable. At times like this it's easy to forget that Yoo-ri only recently got broken out of a long-term relationship. There's another potentially interesting conflict left largely unexplored- although the cliffhanger directly addresses it, so that's something.

Review by William Schwartz

"That Man Oh Soo" is directed by Nam Gi-hoon, written by Jung Yoo-seon, and features Lee Jong-hyun, Kim So-eun, Kang Tae-oh, Heo Jung-min.

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