- Overall 4.0
- Story 3.0
- Acting/Cast 7.0
- Music 5.0
- Rewatch Value 3.0
Aigoo ... where to begin ...
This drama is melodrama personified.
The story started out with great promise, but quickly got derailed by ridiculous, nonsensical plot devices (I mean, how many damn time can one person disappear?), unreasonable character behaviours (faced with a problem? Don't stick around and deal with it - disappear!), convenient changes to the story line to suit the writer's purpose. Needless to say, such changes did not make read more a lick of sense to the over all set up of the story thus far.
The writers certainly did not appear to be writing with thinking people in mind since they pretty much went on a rampage of insulting the average viewer's intelligence and common sense.
With the exception of Ryu Soo Young, the acting was exaggerated and unengaging, but I'm not sure if this is due to the actors being bad performers or if it's just the bad material they were given to work with. I have a sneaking suspicion it is the latter rather than former. Whichever it was, the heroine and her perfectly flawed reasoning for doing the dumb sh-- she does got on my nerves. The hero wasn't much better. At the beginning of the show I was really drawn to his rebellious streak -- he was doing his own thing whether his family approved or not, but as the show progressed he became this wimp of a man who allowed others to yank him around like a puppet on a string.
The only notable performance was that of Ryu Soo Young who was surprisingly good at portraying the ruthless, tortured antagonist. I had previously seen him in 18 vs 29, a drama in which he played a cute, wholesome guy next door type. It was a role I thought suited him well, but his spin in Save the Last Dance For Me made me look at him in a new light. In fact, there were times when I wished his character was the lead, and not just because he's cute and I have a major crush on him, but because he was so much more interesting than our limp noodle hero. Because of him and a few of the supporting cast members I'll give acting/cast a 7.
I probably would not have cared about all the absurdities that take place in this drama if the romance was solid enough to distract me from it. But as soon as the characters had a moment of happiness some nonsense would occur to tear them apart.
Ironically enough, though, this show was like a train wreck you just couldn't look away from no matter how ugly it was. With all the eye rolling I did it's a wonder my damn eyes aren't permanently stuck in the back of my head.
I can say with a fair amount of certainty that I will not be re-watching this anytime soon, if ever. If you're like me and you can only suspend belief for so long before things start making you go WTF, skip this drama. The ending is satisfying, but overall I don't think it is worth the emotional investment to get there.