Random Thoughts from watching The World of the Married, for which I will try to make it as spoiler-free as possible for those who haven’t seen it or haven’t finished it yet and don’t want to be spoiled:
1. This drama revolves around three words: Men. are. trash. Coincidentally, just the day before, I also finished watching a drama series that revolves around the concept that guys just date girls for the experience; if they want to be in a serious relationship, they’d choose another guy. (Then again, said show is a Boy Love drama.)
2. Anything broken – trust, for instance – can never be brought back to what it was before.
3. In a family conflict, it’s always the kids who suffer the most.
4. Some viewers are shipping the lead female character with the second lead male character and want them to be together in the end. For me, after seeing how things unfolded in her life, it’s better that she remained single. I mean, who says that a woman should have a man beside her to make her life complete? Of course, I’m a single woman who feels complete despite that fact, so my views are certainly different on this matter.
5. Having said that, I’m happy that in the end, this drama showed that women could be perfectly ok even if they’re not in a relationship. In fact, the ones who are single seemed to be happier.
6. Marriages don’t always last a lifetime, but chismosang kapitbahays (gossiping neighbors) are forever.
I’m often asked if The World of the Married is any good. My answer is: yes, it’s good. The pacing is just right, and the ending will make you feel shell-shocked that it’s over (which could be good or bad depending on how the viewer takes it). But have your hypertension meds or anything that makes you calm in handy, just in case. Otherwise, don’t blame me whenever you feel like strangling a character or two every episode.
This drama featured some prolific acting performances, but two of them really stood out for me. One, of course, is Kim Hee Ae who plays the lead character Dr. Ji Sun Woo. She literally carried the entire thing from beginning to end, and carried it with style. The other one is Jeon Jin Seo as Dr. Ji’s son Lee Joon Young. The kid was able to effectively portray the inner turmoils of a son caught between his warring parents with so much restraint and maturity in his performance. Not once did he over-act. By the end of the final episode, you just want to adopt him to protect him from all the crazy-ass adults around him. It helps that he’s very cute, too.
Not sure if I can recommend this, though. There are viewers who watch K-dramas to relax and de-stress. If that’s your agenda, this won’t help at all.