Man to Man: 5

I didn’t see any character development as far as their interactions with each other. Un Gwang has always been fond of Seol Woo since his rescue on episode 2/3. I will admit that I was touched at his recollection of CEO Ji when he was starting out as an actor. So, I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t take long for him to CEO Ji back into the family. Do Ha is still undecided towards Seol Woo [until she kissed him], and Seol Woo is still dedicated to his mission. The baddies are still baddies with no intention of turning new leaves. Our agents well, there’s really nothing to develop when you’re supposed to be in a covert mission, although I appreciate that they find time for romance on the side. So – there’s not much to explore.

I got to see some action that I wanted. I will ignore the few lapses of logic with the mini action sequence that was offered today. Am I seriously the only one who wanted this show to be a true action drama? This would be so good if it focused on the action, with a side of romance, and the comedy is in the romance. I can do without the promised bromance.

As far as the romance goes, I am not convinced that both characters have gained true feelings for each other.  Sure, Seol Woo started to notice her during his Russia mission, but I don’t think that he’s on the level of “true love” yet. He’s still an android when it comes to romance, doing everything by the book. because he’s still in the mindset that this is a side mission, to his original mission. Do Ha too, she spent many years being on Un Gwang’s side. She can’t simply just like the first person to show affection. What about all those years she spent with Un Gwang? I think this would work more if Seol Woo has a competition for Do Ha’s heart to begin with. If Un Gwang was written as a second lead and showers he same affection to Do Ha, I think this would bring out Seol Woo’s feelings – but not on the 4th episode. You know what would be funny, if Seol Woo’s lair has a bookshelf of books dedicated to Romance, or self-help books on how to get the girl.  Needless to say, I was unaffected by their kiss last episode, and this episode.

Okay, I like Park Hae Jin as an actor. I’ve only watched him in Cheese In The Trap before this show. I hate to say this, but I can’t connect with him when he’s trying to be funny. I know, I know, I’ve stereotyped him playing serious roles, and this could be a break off of that mold – but – it’s not working for me. Maybe that’s probably why I am not convinced that Seol Woo really had feelings for Do Ha when he first kissed her, and again when Do Ha kissed him.

This is why I can’t connect with the bromance part of this show. I know the script calls for a funny scene, but I don’t feel it when they portray it. Believe me, I’m all for bromance scenes since BOF days, but this show is not cutting it for me.  I think the show can still pull off the comedic side of things if Seol Woo’s character isn’t written in. If need me, Seol Woo’s comedic antics could surface as he’s trying to woo Do Ha and falters But for Seol Woo to emulate facial expressions that are meant to be funny – it’s not.

We still have two more wood carvings to find, and I ‘m sure more sub plots will come out of the woodwork. The story will progress a little bit further. At this point, we’ve established on who’s on the good and evil side of things. So, it’s natural for a tiny stepback to lay more groundwork for the next arc. Mission: Romance.

Man To Man: 3


This episode is a little flat for me today. I was hoping for more action scenes, but I guess you can’t have any actions without building up the anticipation first. The only believable chemistry I see is that of Un Gwang, and Do Ha’s which was heavy enough for me to carry the show. That, and you’ll also have to justify the romance that’s supposed to bloom in the next few episodes.


I did get my backstory on how Do Ha and Un Gwang became close. I’m glad that it’s not one of those “crazy fan forced her way in his life in a dramatic way”. Instead, it was at a deeper level of connection. They had met at a time where they had no one else understanding what pain feels like. Un Gwang deep down has scars of his own, so does Do Ha, and that’s a bond that they only share with each other. I’m glad that I kept myself as open minded in both characters. This relationship works – even leveling up to a romantic potential. Un Gwang has a new side that I don’t think many people in his life has the privilege to see. His loyalty. Now that I know his history with Do Ha, and what Seol Woo did to save him, it’s only natural for him to overlook the petty things they throw his way. What they did to him was bigger than the tantrums


A new character showed up. Do Ha’s father. I’m not sure if it’s a one-time thing to establish roots in her emotional side – like what else makes Do Ha who she is. It’s obvious that she’s a filial daughter even though she acts as if she’s not. If her dad shows up in another episode, and happens to mention something vague, it would mean that Do Ha’s character is more than just Seol Woo’s love interest.


Sooooo, just who exactly is she? Was she an agent that quit, fell in love with Un Gwang, but was pulled back in for another mission? Her entire marriage is a mission???? What is the promise???


I’m beginning to wonder what Seol Woo’s history is. I mean, they showed us that he was a top soldier, sent back to Korea and now Agent K. I want to know the history before that. Did he take psychology classes? Or was his heart really broken? From the beginning of the show he puts “love” in a bad light. It makes for good quotes – for the brokenhearted. Sure, he’s played the part of a romantic in his missions. But let’s face it, as far as contrasts go, Seol Woo’s targets of “love” were high profile, and beautiful according to social standards. Then here’s Do Ha, a simple woman. His past missions, he was able to not feel anything for those women. But, Do Ha, she’s already chipping into Seol Woo’s wall the second he saw her in that gown. He saw the true beauty that was inside her. NOW IF THEY CAN JUST PULL OFF THE CHEMISTRY, I’d be really excited about this show.
Seol Woo is going to in for a rollercoaster ride, things are not going to go as he planned. One, because Do Ha is not charming on the outside, but her heart is sincere. That’s what’s going to throw him off.

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.