Drama Recaps
Style: Episode 1
by | August 7, 2009 | 62 Comments

So, Style. SBS’s new Saturday-Sunday drama is off to a great ratings start (mid-to-upper-teens), and given its competition (Friend, Our Legend and Iron Empress), it’s likely to stay that way.

I have mixed feelings about this show so far. It’s somewhat watchable, although the degree of one’s enjoyment is probably tied closely to how appealing one finds the characters. That’s one of my big blocks: there is not one character I like. I don’t hate them either, but there’s a slickness to this drama that coats the surface with its superficial sheen and makes it difficult to see the heart inside. If there is one. Still, there are pleasant, light parts that make up for some — but not all — of the weirdness of the plot.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

This is Lee Seo-jung (Lee Jia), who has toiled for the past year and a half as the overworked and underappreciated assistant to a senior editor at Style magazine. The episode starts off with Seo-jung freaking out in the darkened, empty office, fed up with her crap job. She screams, runs around in a fury, and seethes.

Seo-jung writes her resignation letter, stamps it with a lipsticked thumbprint, and slaps it on the Style poster in the middle of the office for all to see. She’s off to pursue her dream of being a drama scriptwriter!

But in the morning, Seo-jung is back to her senses, and has a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment as she beholds an expensive purse in a shop window. She lovingly tells her purse to wait for her, and heads toward work… only to see her tyrant of a boss, Park Ki-ja (Kim Hye-soo, wonderfully cool and glamorous), driving by.

Panic! Ki-ja is unusually early, and Seo-jung was counting on being the first into the office so she could take down her letter. She sprints toward the office, taking the stairs to avoid running into her boss, and gasps her way into the office. Unfortunately, she’s too slow, and Ki-ja sees the resignation letter. She coolly tells Seo-jung to pack her belongings and go. Thinking of her bills (and that bag in the window), Seo-jung pleads for her boss to reconsider — she didn’t mean it! She throws herself onto the ground at Ki-ja’s mercy, begging for another chance, offering up her stomach to rip out, or maybe her back to cut open, in an exaggerated sacrifice.

She gets another chance, but Ki-ja takes her up on her “offer” and steps on Seo-jung’s back as she makes her way to the other side. Seo-jung screams in pain and rolls around clutching her lower back (completely ridiculously, I might add).

This also means that Ki-ja relegates Seo-jung back to beginner-level tasks like fetching coffee, while the rest of the crew sits in on a photo shoot. Ki-ja is the creative director of the shoot featuring a well-known model (Jessica Gomez), and the photographer is Kim Min-joon (Lee Yong-woo), Ki-ja’s boy toy. Actually, their relationship seems more balanced than a mere boy-toy dynamic, but that’s the impression the others have.

Unfortunately, Seo-jung gets herself into more trouble when she is given the task of fastening an expensive pin onto the model’s dress. She has a moment of distraction as she sighs over Min-joon’s lovely physique, and accidentally pricks Jessica. The model shrieks, then leaves in a huff before the shoot is completed.

This means that Style magazine is up the creek without a paddle — after spending money on the model, the crew, and the photographer, Seo-jung has screwed this all up in one moment, and they can’t reschedule with Jessica because she’s traveling the next day.

This lands Ki-ja in hot water with her boss, the magazine’s editor in chief, Kim Ji-won. While Ki-ja is the main boss of day-to-day functions, Ji-won is her superior, and Ki-ja is professional enough to take responsibility for this mess. They’ll have to use another photo shoot in place of the lost one: one featuring the female prime minister (below), who was once noted for her fashion style but has restricted herself to mannish suits since taking office. Ji-won also gives Ki-ja a second assignment: an interview with famed Korean-style macrobiotic chef Seo Woo-jin (Ryu Shi-won), who has just arrived in Korea and has refused all interviews.

The assignment of impossible tasks trickles down to Seo-jung. Ki-ja gives her one last chance to save her job, and assigns her to securing the prime minister shoot.

These two goals coincide as Seo Woo-jin is the chef at a function attended by the prime minister. Ki-ja and Seo-jung arrive at the hotel separately, and with far different tactics. While Ki-ja is professional and confident as she networks, Seo-jung is clumsy and uncouth as she tries to approach the prime minister directly in the middle of her meal.

She is intercepted by a rival magazine’s editor, who pulls her back, then sits on her (for no explainable reason). This has the dual effect of getting Seo-jung carted away by security and aggravating her back injury. Because Seo-jung is a clueless idiot, she shrieks shrilly in the middle of the formal function as she is carried away. No graceful tact she.

She’s taken to the hotel kitchen, where she moans in pain. Chef Woo-jin regards her in bemusement, but steps in to help, telling her to lower her pants so he can see the injury. However, she’s been wearing too-tight pants, which are difficult to remove and also have been restricting blood flow, making her pain worse. Woo-jin grabs some scissors, cuts a few inches open, and grabs a kit.

While Seo-jung wonders frantically what he’s doing to her, Woo-jin works briskly, taking out acupuncture needles and applying them to her back. As he finishes, he tells her she’ll experience some lingering pains as she heals, and leaves.

By this point, Seo-jung is incredulous that a stranger would dare to behave this way to another stranger, and accuses him of not even being properly licensed in Han (Oriental) medicine. Woo-jin doesn’t bother responding to her loud accusations and continues on his way to his hotel room.

Upon arriving at his room, he finds an unexpected, and rather unwelcome, visitor. Ki-ja has learned where he is staying, and has planned her own strategy for getting an interview with the chef. It’s likely she would have been turned down anyway, but the timing is particularly bad since he’s already annoyed with the shrill Seo-jung, who follows him to the room, shouting all the way.

Boss gapes at assistant, and Woo-jin registers that they are both working for the same magazine. Mistakenly thinking they schemed the whole thing to pressure him into an interview, he rejects them both and shoves them out the door. (Seo-jung also learns that Woo-jin is in fact well-known for being a doctor of Oriental medicine.)

Once again, Seo-jung apologizes profusely for messing up her boss’s work. So Ki-ja gives her three options: Quit, die, or interview Chef Seo Woo-jin.

Seo-jung is feeling pretty low, but her friend/roommate and boyfriend cheer her up with a birthday party. Furthermore, he has a surprise gift for her: acting on her friend’s tip, he has bought her the expensive bag she’s been coveting.

Seo-jung is touched, until he tells her that he bought it on an installment payment plan that stretches over the next three years. She’s shocked that he would spend that money on her, but worse, she’s disgusted that she’d want a bag that requires such expense. She thanks him, but tells him to return it. But instead of thanking her, he grows upset — so he’s damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t, is it? He angrily returns the bag, but asks for some time to rethink their relationship.

Looking for a way to cheer herself up, Ki-ja goes out to a club with Min-joon — and finds that Woo-jin happens to also be there. She approaches, and it’s clear they’ve met before. She’d tasted his food in New York but found it lacking, which irritates his pride, since his food has been universally lauded by everyone else. They engage in some barbed repartee, smiling on the surface but insinuating that it’s the other person who is lacking in taste (both literally and figuratively).

Seo-jung goes to Woo-jin to beg for a story, and he flatly refuses. He points out that his cooking has little to do with a fashion magazine — and what does she know about cooking, anyway? She promises to do a good job, and he gives her the job of washing vegetables. He doesn’t agree to the interview, but it’s his way of (1) shutting her up and (2) telling her to work for what she wants, so that if she writes about food, she’ll at least have a better idea of what she’s writing about.

This takes them to a luncheon where Woo-jin serves as chef, and Seo-jung acts as assistant. The event goes well, and as they leave the premises, Seo-jung enthusiastically presses Woo-jin for the interview.

But she trails off mid-sentence as she catches sight of a couple sitting on a nearby bench, enjoying what looks like a cute date. The guy leans in for a kiss… and Seo-jung recognizes her boyfriend.

She interrupts the cozy date, demanding to know if this is why he wanted some “time off to think,” and approaches menacingly. The boyfriend grabs the girl’s hand, urges her to run, and a chase ensues. Consumed with rage, Seo-jung flings vegetables at her boyfriend as she runs after them; Woo-jin chases after her and grabs her. She’s so upset that she tries to break free and doesn’t even respond when he agrees to do the interview, and finally, he carries her on his shoulder and takes her away.

Meanwhile, Ki-ja and Ji-won meet with their boss, Sohn Byung-yi, who doesn’t do actual work with the magazine but holds the financial power (she inherited the magazine from her father). She is tired of Style constantly being the number 2 fashion magazine, and issues an ultimatum: If Style is not number 1 by the year’s end, both editors can expect to find their jobs in jeopardy.

She also berates both editors for getting complacent — instead of going after important targets themselves, they delegate them to minor employees? She orders Ki-ja to take charge and get more hands-on.

After dragging Seo-jung away, Woo-jin prepares some soothing food for her at his (soon-to-be-opened) restaurant and tells her to eat up. Through tears, she confides in disjointed sobs that she had paid for her no-good boyfriend’s school loans and even made him return the lovely purse out of consideration for him, but that had only angered him. Woo-jin looks on in a combination of sympathy and bemusement, feeling sorrier for her the more she cries.

At this point, perhaps it’s the loss of the handbag that stings most, which may explain why it’s particularly irksome that she looks up to see that very handbag adorning someone else’s shoulder — it’s Park Ki-ja, here to try to persuade Woo-jin to do the interview.

 
COMMENTS

Let’s start with the good:

The directing is pretty smooth, and the tone strikes a very watchable balance between lightly comedic and, well, a little less lightly comedic. (It’s not dark at all, or heavy.)

Kim Hye-soo is undeniably good — her role has often been compared to the Meryl Streep editor of The Devil Wears Prada, but Kim Hye-soo’s good enough to know not to merely ape that performance. She is cool and collected and powerful, but she doesn’t act like a Meryl Streep clone, which would have been easy for her to fall back on given how memorable that character was. But Kim Hye-soo embodies Ki-ja and makes her seem like a real person.

A particular strength is in the way she transitions between the commanding boss and the subordinate. When she’s in the subordinate position, she isn’t meek or obsequious, but knows how to be respectful while retaining her professionalism. I really like that about her. She’s no devil, because you can see that she has earned her position, and if she is hard on her employees, it’s because she has high standards and is good at her job.

I’m not convinced that Lee Yong-woo, as the hot photographer Min-joon, has acting ability, but at least he doesn’t stick out, and he suits his role as (mostly non-speaking) eye candy. I like that his relationship with Ki-ja seems genuine and based on real affection, rather than playing on the shallow cougar stereotype.

Ryu Shi-won is also pretty good, and it’s nice to see him playing someone with edges. Perhaps a devoted Ryu fan will correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve mostly seen him doing soft, gentle roles, and that “type” seems to be his niche. I like that Woo-jin is prickly and easily exasperated.

On the downside, I’m a little tired of the setup where a competent, professional man is irritated (and deservedly so) with a bungling, unprofessional woman, then slowly falls for her — as though we are to take her incompetence at her job for cuteness. I really dislike Seo-jung’s character, who is constantly messing things up and getting into trouble — by her own hand — and somehow we’re supposed to feel sympathy towards her. Furthermore, Lee Jia is not playing her with much grace or subtley, and seems to be acting OUT OUT OUT as though to get the point across, rather than internalizing her character and letting us actually feel for her. She’s emoting AT us, and that doesn’t really work. And that’s not even taking into consideration her exaggerated facial expressions, wild gesticulations, and overacting.

For instance, the opening scene. Ugh. It’s ridiculous and over-the-top, and this is something that is partly her fault, and partly the drama’s fault. I wish we were told WHY she was at the end of her rope and driven to quitting in such a drastic manner, because then we might care. Instead, we open with a woman going crazy, and then, suddenly, she’s perfectly normal by the morning. Explanation, please?

A case where it’s not Lee Jia’s fault (but more the directing/writing) is when she runs through the field after her cheating boyfriend. When we see the scene, it’s totally comedy, played for the obvious laugh. Girl runs through field, screaming at scared ex-boyfriend. But then, that transitions to Seo-jung sobbing about her broken heart, and now we wonder, “Uh, are we supposed to care?” I don’t like when dramas go so abruptly from farce to drama without notice, because it’s just confusing.

Like I said, this is a surface drama, and so far I don’t really feel anything for anybody. I know, I know, somebody’s going to point out that this is just the first episode, but that’s not really the point. An actor can always inject emotion and pathos into a first episode, and when I say “emotion” I don’t necessarily mean crying or heartbreak. Case in point: Take Hwang Jung-min in Accidental Couple — man, was he awesome, even in Episode 1! And even though it was mostly comedic stuff, he made that character real, and likable, and vulnerable. Lee Jia is playing a caricature. Her Seo-jung screams and yells and cries, but there’s no real feeling behind it, so she rings hollow.

Style is probably going to land in On Air territory for me — popular, well-liked by many, and considered a hit drama, but not appealing to me because of that empty feeling I get. I just don’t think it’s my kind of thing. I’ll keep an eye on it for a few more episodes, though.

 
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62 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jiawern

    thx for writing this post.. really appreciate this.. will you continue till the last episodes?

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  2. popcorn

    I agree with you. Man I swear I got so annoyed with her that my patience was waning. I ended up passing forward most of episode two and decided not to watch this anymore.

    She is probably not the main reason. I’m just tired of the implication that a competent, calm, charismatic, and popular man will fall in love with an incompetent, weird, annoying, and troublesome girl. That and the thought that all those actions ranging from being a ditz by falling, tripping, or bumping into something to screaming, yelling, crying about weird things are consider cute or desirable. I have seen a lot and can’t seem to understand why dramas try to make this as if it’s really true.

    Most of the guys I know date girls who are sane and have common sense.

    Anyway, thanks for the review!

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    • 2.1 Lea

      I watched the whole thing from beginning to end a few years back (idk why I clicked on this recap. I really don’t.),and it’s watchable up to a extent. The only thing that makes it that is the growth of the main character. It is a skip.

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  3. Jo

    I’ll be skipping this, a shame as I liked the sound of it on paper, I’m not a fan of slap stick or stupid=funny.

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  4. jippo

    Such a dud… same complaints regarding the overacting on Lee Jia’s part. Clenched teeth, lowered expectations and watched Episode 2, and I just got even more confused/annoyed. Writing’s rather shoddy, as plot does not flow, and even Park Ki Ja’s actions get into unexplained mood-swinging territory. Characters are all pretty flat for me at this point… we don’t know who they are through the actors’ representations, but even worse, I don’t care to get to know them in the future.

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  5. vis

    “Lee Jia is playing a caricature”

    Couldn’t have described it better and her character isn’t very likable either… hopefully both will shape up *and that soon!* I was wary about this show before it started and I’m still wary… but thanks for the recap :)

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  6. lenrasoon

    i think i might like this drama (and i loved On Air lol), i know that Lee Jia overacts a lot but i think she’ll tone down the exaggerated acting (her first episode of Beethoven Virus was weak too but she got better).

    i have hope for this :D

    thanks for the summaries.

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  7. haezi

    wow, you stated my thoughts exactly and more clearly than i could have. i want to like seojung and i can overlook lee jiah’s overacting, but i get annoyed when korean dramas make their lead actresses consistently incompetent AND unrepentant.

    There is a difference between making honest mistakes while trying and just plain screwing things up due to a lack of dedication or sense. There’s also a fine line between spunk/moral outrage and obnoxious self-pity and seojung is leaning towards the latter (especially in the next episode). like dramabeans stated, it’s hard to care (which is as much a fault of the writer and director as it is of the actress–i find it hard to believe her relationship with her ex would affect her the way it did).

    while i know that characters aren’t supposed to be perfect, i’d appreciate it if the main character has a measure of insight when she screws up…repeatedly. hopefully we’ll see her grow, but i’m not even sure the author knows how serious seojung’s problem is since it’s shared by many korean heroines.

    the other less important complaint is that i find the characters’ wardrobes, for the most part, unappealing…i guess i don’t understand their idea of style.

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  8. E

    That was probably the worst thing in the drama for me too…Lee Jia’s acting was just so way overboard that I couldn’t take all the screaming. Kim Hye Soo’s character is also a bit annoying ~ I think they played the extreme characters too much…maybe they’ll gain more depth later on….Hopefully…until then I’ll be skimming through each episode.

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  9. Reese

    So I told myself in the beginning that I wasn’t even going to bother with this drama and yet I found myself watching the first episode. What a waste of my time. I’m going to go back to my initial course of action and not bother with it at all.

    I wish it were better cause I have no idea what dramas to watch now.

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  10. 10 hmmm

    thanks for posting! i totally agree with you. lee jiah overacts SO MUCH, it’s really unbearable and unwatchable. i saw the first eposide but don’t intend on watching anymore. can’t stand her acting. she’s the reason i didn’t watch Beethoven virus too. what’s with this casting? ryu shi won? another one who can’t act. arghhh what a drag of a drama.

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  11. 11 uh pssh

    in every fashion related movie or drama. there will always be the rich man falling for the weak/poor/ hard working/ fashion designer want to be girl honey. lol. ever seen devil wears prada ? it works in the end.

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  12. 12 all4movies

    I only watched this because I was bored. After Lee Jia’s hysterical screaming, overracting and weirdness, it didn’t get any better.

    It might have worked if they had a more talented actress, as the men make for some passable eye candy.

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  13. 13 May

    Unfortunately, Lee Jia’s acting is the reason why I haven’t watched episode two yet. I admit this grating performance is not entirely her fault. The directing does lack subtlety and her character seems to be drawn relying on worn-out kdrama clichés. Even so, if she doesn’t calm down a bit, I believe I’m going to have to give this one a pass.

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  14. 14 soonie

    This is a total rip off of Devil Wears Prada only with slight twists to make it not seem it is a rip off. Park Ki Ja is pretty much a nicer Miranda and Seojung is a ditzy version of Andy. And the fact that Seojung is at this magazine to fulfill her dream of becoming a drama producer is much too similar to Andy using the Magazine to become a journalist. Why not just ask for the Korean adaptation rights to the movie? Is it that hard to be a little bit more original?

    And not only is the drama lacking in its originality, the storyline/charcter development is so confusing to say the lesat.
    Kija is supposed to be rivals with Seojung and since Seojung is the protagonist, we are supposed to sympathize with her. However, you end up respecting Kija for her professionalism and getting annoyed at seojung for her stupidity. And I know this is a drama and all, but Seojung should have been fired from her first stupid antic b/c that was so ridiculously careless. Oh, and then the two male leads both start to show interest/curiosity towards Seojung….but since all she ever does is screw up….oh, come on now!

    At this point, the writer really needs to throw us a bone at least….unless she really is trying to get us pissed off at Seojung to begin with.

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  15. 15 Joy

    Wow you got passed the first episode. Even I couldn’t.

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  16. 16 Jonathan

    Thanks for the recap javabeans.
    Just to let viewers know that the writer is In Eun Ah who wrote Goong, love marriage and also soul, the director is Oh Joh Rok.

    Yes, when seo jung goes frantic I thought she was going to set the office on fire !
    she can’t take the pressure anymore, a beserk woman !!.
    But later there was also some lighter moments with her single dad, you see the other side of her. We dont know how she is going to bring her emotions more matured than what we viewed now so I will watch a few episodes to decide.
    Hope there will be more improvement to the acting too.

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  17. 17 embermiya

    You know Javabeans I sometimes wish that you would finish summarizing a drama you DIDN’T like. Honestly those posts are the most entertaining with your hilariously witty commentary lol. I actually cried laughing reading your summaries of Witch Yoo Hee. I won’t ask that of you though because it is so much work but they are so funny!

    Off topic: I’ve noticed that most of the characters in dramas that have “hee” in their name(and some real people too) seem to be a bit off kilter, why is that?

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  18. 18 avidwatcher

    I haven’t seen the first episode of Style yet and from the recap it doesn’t interest me, but you never know how these dramas eventually shape up. I had read somewhere that Yun Eun Hye had received a lot of criticism after the first episode of Coffee Prince, and we all know how that turned out…

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  19. 19 santaiah

    Reading your recaps of Style especially about Lee Jia’ character Lee Seo-jung JB make me thinking back to Go Hye Sun character as Geum Jan Di in the famous BOF. Although I’m not watching Style yet but I can imagine how annoying this character can be, and I’m still can’t get it why GHS can be so famous by portraying this ‘so overacting’ character. If this kind of character is a trend in Korean entertainment industry now I will not surprise if Lee Jia character can be famous also just like her predecessor (GJD).
    I don’t agree with you JB that Seo-Jung annoying character it’s not Lee Jia’s fault but more on the directing/writing. For me good actor/actress has to interprete their character and discuss it with the director/scriptwriter and not just imitating/do what they said. And I think Lee Jia is still in this category (so it’s more or less still Lee Jia fault)

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  20. 20 minoo

    hi
    thanks
    please continue dream…

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  21. 21 Anonymous

    this drama is a lot better than i expected..i’ts actually good

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  22. 22 l.kwon

    finally! I get why I hate the drama now. Thanks JB!
    It’s because I cant feel for or have any sympathy for Lee Jia’s character. Being unfortunate is one thing but being incompetent is another. And for the love of God, stop instantaneously becoming hysterical. Must you always scream and cry in front of strangers? End rant and my end of the drama.

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  23. 23 Yoo Jin

    i honestly wasn’t disappointed cause i didn’t expect anything from the beginning in the first place lol The main character annoys me and i feel no sympathy towards her mainly because of the way she is portrayed by the actress. Though i don’t mind the cliche plots this one doesn’t make me want to see how it all unfolds as the story goes on =/

    I don’t think it deserves the high ratings at all and hope that the viewers start to regain back some common sense lol

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  24. 24 Anonymous

    Is Lee Jia acting really that bad? I’ve only seen her in Legend and I like her in it. I thought she was really quite good for a newcomer then. I’ve been looking for a new kdama to watch but non of the current dramas really interest me. I had been hoping that Style will at least be mildly interesting but from the recap it doesn’t look very promising right now.

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  25. 25 glee

    soo agree!! i feel the drama’s over kill. sadly, i was looking forward to it too :{

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  26. 26 emma

    it was too exaggerated for my liking =(
    i couldn’t keep watching after 20 minutes. i had such high hopes for it too
    no it’s ok i shall wait on my fair lady!

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  27. 27 Unnur Svana

    I might watched this drama… it sounds interesting, but what I have heard now I might not…

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  28. 28 Kiu

    I watched the first episode and the main girl drove me INSANE. I usually feel at least a little sorry, but I was just purely annoyed by her character :(

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  29. 29 Anonymous

    just looking at the pictures, i can feel already how overacting Lee Jia is.

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  30. 30 Beng

    just looking at the pictures, i can feel already how overacting Lee Jia is.

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  31. 31 sunshine

    Lee Jia’s acting is so, SO annoying in this drama. I could stand her in Taewangsashingi, I JUST managed Beethoven Virus, but this is way too much for me. I just can’t stand her.

    Kim Hye Soo, on the other hand, is amazing.

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  32. 32 asianromance

    thanks for the recap!

    @24 Anonymous. I also saw her in Legend and thought she was great! I thought she was really fresh and was a bit different from other korean actresses. I don’t know what happened to her after that. I think she’s trying to ape the cuteness of other korean actresses and is doing so badly.

    As for overacting in this episode, i think a lot of actresses overact in the first episode of a rom-com- it’s like they are trying to bludgeon the audience into laughing and enjoying the show. Gu Hye-sun did it. And even Lee Da Hae is guilty of it herself in the first episode of My Girl. And I also wonder if it’s partly the director’s fault if he doesn’t try to curb it a bit I looked up the director but I’ve never seen any of his works.

    And because the ratings are already pretty good even through the 2nd episode, i’m not sure if the writing will correct this character flaw in Lee Seo-jung.

    and what’s with her always being paired with a much older guy? It worked in The Legend because it was a sageuk….but seriously!

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  33. 33 Biscuit

    I only liked Lee Jia in Legend… but it seems that within each drama, her acting abilities goes down more and more. Isn’t it suppose to be the other way around… the more drama experience should result in improving? I guess not…

    Overall, my first opinions of the drama before it aired was quite low. I had hopes that perhaps it may not be as bad as I imagined, but after it aired, I still haven’t found it interesting.

    Now I want ALLO.

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  34. 34 deeta

    I personally despise the first episode so much. Honestly, it’s been a while since something evokes such animosity from me. Even On Air didn’t piss me off this much. I’m mostly annoyed when a drama is bad, but in this case, this drama truly grates my nerve to the point that I just want to plaster a tape on Lee Jia’s mouth to keep her from yelling and screaming and making faces.

    I hated the characters, hated the acting (save for Kim Hyesoo), and like you said, the drama just feels superficial and shallow. Kim Hyesoo is definitely the star, but just her alone can’t induce me to go watch it.

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  35. 35 cc

    I watched Ep 1 and 2 and found it okay. I know LJA overacts but it’s not her fault…like javabeans said it’s the directing/writing. I find her to be less annoying in Style than Beethoven Virus (I couldn’t stand her in BV!).
    But, some of the overacting scenes quite hilarious lol…even though the screaming and shouting were kinda annoying…

    Anyway, I’m going to watch a few more episodes and then decide if I should continue or drop.

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  36. 36 Jiawern

    I’m a Lee Jia’s fan , bt still i admit that she is a little too over…bt c’mon , dont judge a drama by its 1 episode ,maybe it might get better. As 4 ejiah’s overacting , mayb tat’s the characteristic of seo jung… She just act it out .. Seriously , that drama’s io nt that bad .. At least it’s watchable , i guess i will watch till the last ep , just give everyone a chance..

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  37. 37 jastinel

    Lee Jia, is not for comedy roles, She can act, but she is not funny at all.

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  38. 38 starletbang

    I finished watching episode 3 of Style today and I admit that at first it was hard for me to keep watching because I hated Lee Jia’s overreacting acting. However, I believe that Kim Hye Soo totally makes up for her lack of acting and I think that the drama is getting more and more interesting.

    I wonder who’ll end up with who because as of now, I have no idea!

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  39. 39 jiawern

    to jastinel: i prefer her of half serious and half funny…one word to describe: i prefer her to be normal..like the way she is

    to starletbang : i totally agree with you!!

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  40. 40 Leonardo S

    It is annoying and viewers now anticipate to know what’s next.
    How will she react to her boss?. I guess the director wants her to shout till she shriek!!. Pent-up emotions.
    That’s the character of lee seo jung, to climb up the ladder the hard way to be a well known style editor.
    If that’s how the story goes it will get more nastier and also along the way she found true love.

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  41. 41 joicy

    I always have problems with JA’s acting. I never felt for her character and and I don’t see any thing “real” about it. So I stopped watching Legend in the middle, just tolerated some episodes of Beethoven Virus though I loved loved the male characters, and now I am very hesistant with Style. I don’t think I will try to watch though I loved KHS and RSW. Her annoyance sweeps my interest away.

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  42. 42 SL

    I think some here is of the same opinion, loved her in legend but then wondered what happened after that…But I for one was quite entertained by the first 2 eps of Style. And yah, am wondering who’s gonna end up with who, that’s still a big qn mark, which is quite interesting cos kdramas are not too hard to break down. And it’s the first time I’ve seen Ryu in a non-wimpy role! Quite a number of plus factors, think I’ll keep watching!

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  43. 43 yuri

    i dunno..but i like that drama..funny…but yea..i actually wonder about love of the perfect man and the stupid girl..but it’s okay..as far as it makes me fun…i enjoy it…

    can’t wait for the next *stupid* episodes…LOLLL

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  44. 44 mellissa

    hohum…. here we go again with the “intelligent” viewers parading as critics.

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  45. 45 anastassia

    @reese: I suggest you watch PARTNER.

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  46. 46 chocolatelatte

    Thanks for the recap! Are you going to continue recapping Style?

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  47. 47 pabo ceo reom

    Seo-jung = FAIL.

    My god, I applaud you for the patience in continuing (and who knows maybe our minds will change?..) but if the main character is already this annoying, I can’t stick with it.

    Kim Hye-soo is great but even she isn’t enough to offset the deadbeat that is Seo-jung and the clown-ish acting of Lee Jia.

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  48. 48 okpas

    Stop complaining about Lee Jia , thats her role.. not her true face … that’s what she needs to act about the stupid things all inside are her role..(although the yelling is um.. irritating) well her role!

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  49. 49 No. 5

    Watched the 1st episode with difficulty and 2nd episode with pain. I don’t think I can speed through another one. Nothing much to it… very blend storyline and bad acting. I wonder if all the legal fuss about the show helped the show more than it really deserves.

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  50. 50 Sogba

    dramabeans do you how many episode this drama will air?

    and yes the main girl Seo-jung’s character issssssss actually annoying
    jan di’s character was better and her character in the 1st few episode of BOF with those dam facial expressions where annoying

    but im sure ill get used to her character like i did jan di’s

    so far though i like the drama its has good potential, the story line is interesting, the fashion is hot so i think i will end up watching the whole thing

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