- Overall 8.5
- Story 7.5
- Acting/Cast 9.0
- Music 8.0
- Rewatch Value 6.0
Finally, it ends - and the feeling it instills in me is not joy, sorrow or anguish, but relief! It was an interesting drama, but perhaps deserved a better treatment.
Story: Yet another saga of lookalikes, where one dies and the other takes her place.
1. One is poor, the other rich.
2. They are polar opposites in character.
3. The one still alive falls in love with someone related read more to the one who dies.
But in spite of the predictability (yes it was predictable, and anyone who refuses to acknowledge is blinded by their love for the actors and whatnot), it made for an enjoyable watch.
It revolves primarily around four people (or should I say five?).
Choi Min-woo: The illegitimate son of the chairman of SJ group and heir apparent. It is apparent since his father's only legitimate child is a girl. As such, he is resented by his stepsister and stepmother. With a sad childhood and having grown up without any affection, he finds it difficult to interact with others affably.
Choi Mi-yeon: Min-woo's half-sister who believes that she (and her husband) ought to be the heir to her father's company. Just a pompous rich lady, but we are led to believe that she does care for her brother.
Min Seok-hoon: Mi-yeon's husband, driven by greed. He's willing to go to any length for preventing Min-woo being declared the successor.
Seo Eun-ha: The daughter of a congressman and Min-woo's fiancée. Also the lover of Min-woo's brother-in-law Seok-heon (really? gimme a break! I'm glad she died)
Byun Ji-sook: A poor girl burdened by her family's debts and Eun-ha's lookalike. After Eun-ha's death, she is blackmailed by Seok-heon to take her place and help him in his devious plans. Gradually, she sees in Min-woo his suffering and his longing for love. Motherly care gives way to feminine affection (yay! banzai!!!)
So we have clearly demarcated sub-plots here.
1. Seok-heon will do anything he can to topple Min-woo.
2. Ji-sook and Min-woo will eventually fall in love (everyone knows its bound to happen).
3. Mi-yeon will resolve her feelings towards her brother and husband.
So what made this drama unique? Or is it really unique? I've read people claiming this is the "Drama of 2015", and I believe they said that for Healer and Kill Me, Heal Me as well. I support no such claims, barring the one that this is a worthwhile series. The actors did a magnificent job here and that probably made all the difference. The lead pair shared an awesome on-screen chemistry. It was a treat to watch them fall in love. It was the two of them standing up for each other which kept the series alive amidst all the conspiracies. Soo Ae did a commendable job in both her roles. The scenes I loved most were when Ji-sook tried to understand Eun-ha and realized how different they are. Also, her transition from a timid girl fighting for her family to a headstrong one fighting for the man she loves is zap, just fantastic. Yeon Jung-hoon as the malicious villain is convincing (yes, we do feel he should just die and let us be in peace).
The music is good (can't bring myself to say great), and it suits the story.
Not something I'd like to rewatch, but you never know.
Concluding Thoughts: This is a drama shouldered by good acting and supported by a decent storyline. Though it gets overbearing at times with all the politics, I'd recommend it for a one-time watch. The ending is kinda bittersweet and we do feel sorry for some, but it's all in the game.