Claire Duncan, is a 20-year old college student, obsessed with Korean Drama. She's constantly glued to the screen watching her favorite K-drama actor, Joon Park, in 'Taste of Love.' Disappointed that her own life isn't nearly as exciting as those within the world of K-drama, Claire desperately wishes that she too could live in the world of 'Taste of Love.' Thanks to a touch of magic, her world is turned upside-down when Claire is sucked into her smartphone and into the world of 'Taste of Love,' where she comes face to face with Joon Park himself.
There in 'Taste of Love,' Claire meets Seth Ko, a waiter who was also magically transported into the world of drama years ago. With his help, Claire learns to navigate the drama world. But her presence begins to throw 'Taste of Love' off-balance causing other dramas to splice into the series. Now Claire can't just watch the drama unfold, she's part of it.
Cast & Credits
The acting in this was atrocious at parts. Wooden. But it gave me a meta feel still, because there are wooden characters galore typically in KDramas, and I thought it was a faithful representation, lol. The story is ambitious and follows Claire as she enters "Dramaworld" and tries to fix it before it ceases to exist forever. She meets another facilitator, Seth, who seems like a good guy, and he appears to be helping her on the surface. But is he really? *At the risk of putting spoilers, I'm not saying anything more*
Towards the ending, the story broke the fourth wall, which requires a lot of explanation and set-up, but there was no time here. By fourth wall, I mean the characters in the drama (well Joon Park) became aware he was a character in a drama. Although good ending, one has to wonder - is Claire's life now a drama? The ending is so ambiguous and not explained properly, I don't even consider it a spoiler talking about it, because it's open to interpretation.
Also, I was cringing towards the end. SERIOUSLY cringing.
However for a web-series and a collaboration between America and Korea - I see this as a stepping stone onto something more awesome. Watch this if you love meta references and you will be swept up in nostalgia :D The reason why my re-watch score is so high (practically unheard of), is because it's short, sweet and I can see myself revisiting the bits I liked, or just watch the Seth bits^^ (Justin Chon and Liv Hewson did a good job)
About the drama itself, it was a little far fetched but this is how it was supposed to be so I'm ok with that.
I was totally indifferent towards most of the character but I liked how the writers gave life to every kdrama characters. The arrogant rich main lead, the sweet and innocent poor main girl, the bitchy second lead, the mother who wants to control the life of her boy and think she can choose who he's gonna date, the crazy irrational villain... I love and laughed like a crazy about all the kdrama clichés, all the laws and all the rules of dramaworld !!! Well done Korea to be able to laugh on yourself ! I'D LOVE it if we can buy the book about "every law, rule, trick and trope of dramaworld" ! Seems to be a really fun book to have. :)
In conclusion even if I didn't enjoy this drama and I have a lot to complain about, I still recommend it just because I think that every kdramas lovers have to watch this one. Do not expect anything about the storyline but enjoy all the fun and crazy moments about dramaworld !
And I completely agree with everything @ViolinGal said in her review !!!