I can’t wait to write my first comment on ‘Secret Garden’, I just love it right from the first episode. With witty plot and clever comedic performances, this drama feels fresh.
‘Secret Garden’ starts with a garden just after morning rain, camera zooms in, to a house where Kim Joo Won by Hyun Bin walks down from stair case looking confident and polished. Hyun’s character Kim is a rich and capable business CEO of a department store. Perfect looking and has always been the center of attention, yet no one is perfect after all. He suffers from anxiety disorder, more in the area of fear of space, so that he cannot ride in a lift nor can he be trapped in traffic jam.
Oscar by Yoon Sang Hyun is a popular singer who has passed his prime but still popular with his loyal fans. He enters the scene in leopard print morning gown kissing an actress for goodbye. Yoon is once again showing his humorous side and it feels just right for his character. I like the comical chemistry between Kim and Oscar, they are cousins but not on friendly terms. In Oscar’s own words, “if he (Oscar by Yoon) was to buy a car, Kim (by Bin) would buy the company that sells the car.”
Gil Ra Im by Ha Ji Won plays a stunt woman, pretty with great martial skills. Despite her tough and boyish appearance, she is still an adorable little girl inside. She listens to Oscar’s songs when she is down, and lifts her right feet up when she is shy or happy. (that is just so cute!)
Writer Kim Eun Sook and Director Shin Woo Chul have done a good job by keeping the character introductions short and sweet in the first episode, and keeping the pace quick and crisp. They are very clever to set the tone for the soul exchange later on, I cannot help but to wonder if Kim has anxiety disorder and Gil is very girly, how will these be acted out when they are in each other’s body, it should be very funny to watch!
Viewers are engaged and expectations are set, I definitely look forward to the next episode.
Below is a chart of the relationship between the characters, not too complicated is it?
Secret Garden brings old and new together, familiar characters and story but with comedic performances in a fantastical story setting. I like the lightheartedness of the drama, not new but a clever plot. I also have to applaud the chemistry between the main leads that I cannot help but laugh out loud a few times.
I give this drama 9 out of 10 for its first episode, and Secret Garden has got me at first sight!
I will be checking in half way for more comments.
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