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To be completely honest, I've only watched episodes in pieces after the first week. I love YEH as much as the next person, but this mess of a show needs a lot more than just her to bring it back into my good graces. Maybe it was the annoying pseudo-friend, So-ran (played by Hong Soo-hyun of Temptation of an Angel fame), or the lack of a solid plot with actual conflict (other than, "Neener neener, So-ran. I married a chaebol. Who did you marry? My first love? A cheater? Sucks to be you."), or maybe it was the sheer number of cliches (hard-working girl meets a cold, jaded chaebol; contract marriage; disapproving family; antagonizing, boyfriend-stealing tramp of a best friend; messy past breakup which is why the chaebol is so jaded... shall I go on?). In any case, I couldn't get through the next few episodes.
Then what about the quintessential second leads? In LTM, these come in the form of Hyun Ki-joon's baby bro, Hyun Sang-hee (played by Sung Joon) and their mutual (ex-)love Oh Yoon-joo (Jo Yoon-hee). I have to say, if Ah-jung and So-ran's characters left a strong impression, these two didn't leave much of an impression at all. The only thing I can say is that there's very little (if any at all) reason for Hyun Ki-joon to be with (or not be with) Yoon-joo. Basically, I couldn't care less what happens between them in the interim, so long as Ah-jung and Ki-joon end up together. That says a lot about the lack of screen presence of Jo Yoon-hee. One thing to note, however, is that I like Ah-jung's friendship with Sang-hee, even if it's on the cliched side a bit. Their squabbles and back-and-forths are worth the watch (unlike, say, the love triangle between Ah-jung's dad, Ae-kyung and Suk-bong).
So, the plot is... meh, the characters are pretty much stereotypical cardboard cut-out caricatures and the execution of it all leaves much to be desired.
After all this, why am I still watching? Or... rather, why did I decide to pick it back up? A little thing called chemistry. It's almost literally the only reason I keep coming back. And believe you me, chemistry is not in short supply in this drama.
The on-screen electricity between YEH and Kang Ji-hwan is palpable in their scenes together. If nothing else, I am rooting for Gong Ah-jung and Hyun Ki-joon to get their shit straight and have a happy ending.
Predictability, mediocre writing and lack of substance aside, the main couple (and all their moments of happy fluff time together--skinship ftw!) melts even the coldest of hearts.
So, as much as I hate to say this, I'll have to keep an eye out for Lie to Me during the rest of its 16-episode run, in the hopes that the plot takes a turn for the better (or maybe, a black hole will send our characters hurling into outer space--hey, it can only help at this point).
If you need affirmation of this theory, check out the video below. Remember, Kang Ji-hwan plays a stick-in-the-mud hotelier. Would you believe it from the beginning of the scene?
Ahh, stuff like that makes me l-o-l.