Man To Man: 2

This episode turns out to be a balance of hilarity and action. I was worried how that will play out, but seeing this episode, I can breathe a little sigh of relief. It’s still too early to tell because they’re going to be adding in two love triangles in addition to dangers towards Woon Gwang and Seol Woo’s actual mission. Park Hae Jin can most definitely pull off serious action scenes, and still get my heart to skip a beat. He’s got this secret agent role to a tee.

Seol Woo, he’s definitely taking his mission as a bodyguard seriously. He’s like an android in everything he does. Everything is calculated. Even I was impressed at what he can really do. I can see where the hijinks will come in when Woon Gwang, and Do Ha are both making it hard for him to fulfill his mission. I started to see him become a little bit human through his curiosity between Woon Gwang and Do Ha’s relationship. Does that mean that he never felt true love with all the women in his missions?  By the way, what does he mean he’ll die and disappear when his mission is over?

Seung Jae has always shown his evil side, but I think this is the beginning where he will be more aggressive towards his attacks against Woon Gwang and it’s only a matter of time before it starts to show, which will lead him into making mistakes, now that Seol Woo is present. I’m really hoping that they don’t mess with his character and keep him consistently evil.

I still haven’t connected to Do Ha and Woon Gwang, but I have a better understanding of their characters. Do Ha is ever the protective fan girl turned manager. Even though I’ve noticed that she is starting to show that she’s starting to sway by Seol Woo’s abilities, it’ll be a while before she accepts that fact to herself. Woon Gwang has a soft side despite him continually hitting his employee. It makes me wonder though what had transpired between the two of them that prompted him to trust her and she became her manager.

I’m not seeing the bromance thing yet. I don’t buy it even when they add the background music. It doesn’t make sense to use that to get Do Ha jealous. It worked on a recent show because the characters can pull it off. Seol Woo, and Woon Gwang are too serious of characters to add this description/rumors of them as a potential item.

The last five minutes of this show was epic. I want more of this.

First Impression: Man To Man

I thought I was hitting a slump since I’m way behind in catching up to the most recent episodes of Rebel – which is on the brink of being a dropped drama.  I keep falling asleep trying to watch the second episode of Tunnel, and I fell asleep halfway through the first episode of Chicago Typewriter. I chalked it up to the seasons changing since I mostly get depressed during Spring/Summer. Now that Strong Woman Do Bong Soon ended, I’m finding myself worried that I won’t have a show to carry me through at least one season. That is until I started to watch Man to Man. I thought for sure that I’d fall asleep since I’ve been sleeping way earlier than usual, but to my surprise, I stayed up during the entire show, and started to work on my draft for this post, and create fan arts.

I like how the background of our main characters were set up. We were given their intros as to who they are, but are still kept in the dark as to how they are related before Kim Seol Woo walked into their lives. Already in the first episode, if any of these characters were autonomous to each other, Seol Woo just connected them back in.

It is obvious that I took a liking into Park Hae Jin’s character, Kim Seol Woo. I mean, who wouldn’t favor a secret agent? I was given the impression that he just wants to do his job, and do it correctly regardless of how long it takes, or what the punishment would be if he breaks protocol. Image wise, they’re trying to portray him as blend of James Bond/Jason Bourne, but I’m hoping that this character will have its own unique traits. There’s room for this character to grow.

I’m most definitely looking forward to Yeon Jung Hoon’s character, Mo Seung Jae. I’m curious to see if he will be given enough screen time to give justice to his evil chaebol image who will do anything to bring his main rival down, which happens to be his wife’s ex, and a new enemy in Seol Woo.

Chae Jung Ahn as Song Mi Eun. I know she has a past with Park Sung Woong’s character, Yeon Woon Gwang – and it seemed pretty serious since she obviously still gets to him, and that she knows how to get to him. What makes it really interesting is that Mo Seung Jae seems to be in “control”[?] of Do Ha’s celebrity status somehow, or is it Mi Eun?. I don’t know to what extent exactly, but this would be a love triangle that I’d be interested in.

As soon as I saw Jang Hyun Sung, I immediately wondered if he’ll turn out to be a bad guy midway through the show. If so, this show is going to be really fun. I’m looking forward to a plot twist. IF it’s there for this character. Also, how is he connected to Mi Eun? It would be fun if she’s still an active agent, wouldn’t it?

I haven’t connected with Park Sung Woon’s character – Yeon Woon Gwang yet. I got the diva vibe, which did not sit well with me. I don’t like divas and I didn’t appreciate his actions that he blamed Yang Sand Shik for being late, and then stuck his tounge out at him in the end, that he got away with it. To me, that’s workplace bullying. That’s one of the many reasons I don’t have cable, because I don’t like wasting my time watching “reality” shows of celebs, socialites, and wannabes showing us one thing but really acting another when the camera is off. That’s just the first episode, and part of how his character was written. I’m sure I’ll be able to learn more about his history of being a stunt man to becoming an action star, how he worked from the ground up to be where he’s at right now. But, let’s not forget that his character is just part of Seol Woo’s mission to get information, and access to one of the items he needs to retrieve. I kind of feel sad the day he finds out that he’s being used in a covert mission, at the same time curious, if he’s going to be of any help since he’s a stunt man after all.

Speaking of missions, I don’t see Kim Min Jung’s character, Cha Do Ha as the “woman” in Seol Woo’s assignment. Honestly, I prefer for him not to have a love line in this show. Like I mentioned earlier I’m more invested in the love triangle between Do Ha, Mi Eun, and Seung Jae. Having two love lines is a bit too much for 16 episodes. But, I’m not the writer so I’ll watch what’s given to me, I’ll just either rant about it here, or choose to not write about it.

Given that I have screencaps and a customized banner for this post, it is safe to say that I will continue to watch this series. I’ll also be making fan arts for this show and will post them separately.

Stay tuned.