- Overall 8.5
- Story 8.0
- Acting/Cast 9.0
- Music 8.5
- Rewatch Value 8.0
It is probably kdrama blasphemy to say this, but I loved Producers more than My Love From Another Star (MLFAS). As with a lot of viewers, I found the first episode of Producers boring and hard to get through, with ep 2 picking up, and the drama capturing me in the long run by ep 3, with the Ye Jin - Jun Mo complicated friendship history.
It IS the winsome foursome cast read more (and characters) that makes this drama. After my disappointment with MLFAS Do Min Joon character, (admittedly he is dreamy) but failed to stretch Kim Soo Hyun's acting prowess. He is simply adorable here as Baek Seung Chan. It is quite similar to his Dream High Sam Dong character, but Kim Soo Hyun managed to incorporate mannerisms that is uniquely Baek Seung Chan. He is the glue that held this drama together.
IU. IU! She really ran away with this one, and the best part of this drama by mile. To think, after the first 2 eps, I was dreading how she will hold up to the 3 other actors, as I was cringing on her apathetic bored scenes. She slowly grew on her character, as her story arc gradually became the most engrossing part of this drama. As opposed to MLFAS Chun Song Yi (who is amazing, btw, don't get me wrong), Cindy didn't need any superhero to keep saving her in times of trouble. I keep waiting for someone to come and save her out of a rut, as kdrama tropes are wont to do, but she didn't need them at all.
Gong Hyo Jin and Cha Tae Hyun. They did get the short end of the stick with their story arcs, esp. Gong Hyo Jin, but it is to the likability of the characters that I was still invested in their friendship story arc by the last episode, and it is rewarding, despite the somewhat rocky path going there.
The villain is great here! MLFAS really failed me with its cartoony villain. By the end, I still didn't understand the killer's motivation. In contrast here, that the situation and motivation is something that is happening right now in our world, and the last scene with the villain is perfectly done.
The weak point of this drama is definitely the love quadrangle which went on and on, one good thing though nobody got malicious, just funny petty jealousy all around. As a fan of k-variety, I also wished for more story on the producer life. It did take a backseat when the love lines got tangled, but it did tie up nicely at the end.
I know the drama did well by me, if after the last scene, I already miss the characters, and didn't want to leave their world.
P.S. Kim Soo Hyun's ng scene of laughing boisterously at Gong Hyo Jin's aegyo drunk act is so funny! Didn't know he can out-laugh Cha Tae Hyun :).