"Or How I Learned to Stop Hating, and Love the Secondary OTP"
I couldn't squeal enough! Dream High is a beautiful love story between two aspiring singers set in the fictional school of Kirin High. This show has everything: the love, the music, the story, the plot, conflict and resolution, and the most adorable OTP you've ever seen:
Confused yet? Well this is a review where I conveniently forget about everything I hated about Dream High, and instead focus on the only part of the drama I actually found compelling. I shall again redirect your attention to the most adorable OTP you’ve ever seen on the small screen, as pictured above.
Jason (played by 2PM’s Wooyoung) is a bad-boy Engrish speaking super dancer whose audition for Kirin High ranks him No. 1 out of all the incoming freshmen. Kim Pil Suk (played by the adorable IU) is a chubby girl in a Miss Sushi outfit, whose body type doesn't make “Future Idol” standards, but her voice is so gifted, she's allowed entry into the school in spite of her looks.
Obviously, Jason is super popular. All the girls want to dance with him; all the boys want to emulate him; and Pil Suk falls madly in love. But is Jason’s friendly attitude towards Pil Suk simply because he has good manners, or because he actually likes her?? *gasps* I don’t know! Does he or doesn’t he? What is it that always makes him stick up for her, open doors for her, want to sing with her, or when he gets frustrated, drag her away to sing karaoke with her? I’m just going to hold out on the hope that he’s secretly coming to luuurve her. It’s okay. We’ll just call it ‘manners’ for now.
Because, unfortunately this is a K-Drama, and we all know that Koreans (or at least idols and famous people) are super skinny, like toothpicks, and that we’re not going to have any real romance until Pil Suk undergoes a serious transformation. Cue before and after picks:
The obnoxious part of this plotline is that Pil Suk does this initially because of Jason.
|"If I lose weight and come back prettier, would that change your answer?"|
|"It was really hard for me to lose weight...I almost died. But when I think I|
went through all of that because of you, I feel my efforts were just a bit wasted."
Finally! A realistic plot line with emotional heft! I love these guys so much.
Let me take a moment to address the rest of the plot. There's a bratty girl at the mercy of loan sharks (my favorite character-types, both girl and shark), a pretty boy on a motorcycle (he really is pretty), a cute country bumpkin (with great hair), and a whole extra side-cast of revenge driven females, evil deep-voiced principals, nice and mostly well-meaning teachers, not to mention JYP himself acting like a buffoon.
What's the reason why I gave this drama only 6/10? See above paragraph. Dream High reminds me of everything I love about K-Dramas. Unfortunately, it reminds me of everything I hate about K-Dramas. Overloaded with the cute; over-weighted with the plain exasperating. And whoever put IU in a fat suit should be shot.
Why did I keep on watching? Would it be shallow of me to say it's because of the boys? The songs may have left me mostly unmoved, but something about Taecyeon's and Wooyoung's dance solos left me practically salivating! I was even thinking about transferring my V.I.P. allegiance to... ehh, actually no. Never mind.
Why did I really keep on watching? See pictures below.