I watched this drama on Viki.
I have actually been finished with this show for a week and I have been finished with Answer Me 1997, but I have been super busy and am just getting around to reviewing them. If this show was a person, I would marry it. Seriously, I was that enamored with TTBY. Now the funny part is figuring out exactly why I fell in love.
I cannot say that this show will ever win an award for its originality. They pretty much used every girl dressed as a guy and teen drama trick in the book (given however, that the majority of these tricks of the trade are actually in the manga it was based on). The things that would normally make me want to tear my hair out and throw pillows and other random objects at the T.V. screen and scream “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS SACRED CAN YOU JUST GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTT!!!” strangely did not bother me in this drama.
I feel that it was all in the execution and the likability of certain key characters. This drama had a lot of chasers, and by chasers I mean like when you take a God awful tasting shot of some horrid liquor like vodka and then lick the sugar off your hand and suck on a lemon to make it bearable. TTBY had many of the same melodramtic moments as other classic kdramas (the horrid vodka shot), but they chose not to to linger on the drama and quickly moved on (like taking a shot instead of sippping). Usually it was followed by some sweet endearing scene (the sugar) and little subtle comedic moments (the flavor burst of the lemon that makes you forget about the nastiness). This made TTBY a much smoother ride than many teen dramas.
Some of the characters in TTBY were a lot of fun and easy to connect with. My favorite of course being Eun Gyul who I have described before as being the human version of a Labrador puppy. He was full of energy, zest, and had a genuine love for life and the people in it. He alone makes this show worth watching.
While TTBY is not the deepest of dramas, not earth shattering or life changing, it is good, solid, enjoyable entertainment. It’s a really refreshing drama to watch at the end of a crazy work day. It does not require a lot of thought process, and it just made me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and be entertained. I give it 5 out of 5 stars 🙂
To read a synopsis and see a cast list visit http://wiki.d-addicts.com/To_the_Beautiful_You