Kolorful Palette: So happy together [Golden Cross]
So many dramas, so little time. I honestly only decided to give Golden Cross a try because I’m so behind on every other drama that the prospect of catching up was overwhelming, but starting a new drama is oh-so-easy! The first two episodes were better than expected, but revenge isn’t really my thing, so Golden Cross is going to have to deliver in the intrigue and suspense departments if it wants to get me hooked.
The back-story was predictably predictable (like most dramas of this type) and although most elements of this show have been very well done, it’s always a bit boring to know exactly how everything is going to play out, and then have to watch it play out for two episodes before getting to the real story.
I was impressed enough with the pacing, acting, and directing to be quite hopeful that Golden Cross could get good. There just needs to be more to the plot than a guy falling in love with his enemy’s daughter, and then torturing himself over what to do (here’s a hint for him: women are more fun than plotting someone’s demise!).
It’s too bad that Ha-yoon is the one who died because I really liked her. She was the perfect sister character, and I would have happily watched a drama about her journey to becoming an actress or finding another path in life. She felt fairly realistic to me, and I think a lot of girls would have acted similarly in her situation. It’s one thing to have a sponsor forced on you, but another to have it happen in a foreign country where you have to play ball or risk being stranded. It made me wonder how many real-life girls have been sent abroad like that to add an element of entrapment.
I love asymmetrical cropping (rule of thirds be damned!), especially when it is used to add an emotional element, which is definitely the case in the scene above. The shot so perfectly reflects her discomfort that I felt compelled to draw it, even though it’s not the most pleasant of moments. I couldn’t help but wonder why I don’t just add more interesting crops myself on a regular basis, but I think it’s because this whole operation is more about showcasing what I appreciate in dramas, rather than creating something new.
Seo Dong-ha (the guy “sponsoring” her) is most definitely not a nice person, but I find his character a lot more interesting than the average villain. He has his manipulative moments, but he also seems vulnerable and cowardly at times. Jung Bo-seok’s acting has impressed me ever since Can You Hear My Heart, and although he tends to play an unlikable bad guy, I appreciate his nuanced performances.
My main curiosity so far is why Michael Jang set Ha-yoon up with Dong-ha in the first place. It seems unlikely that he could have predicted the murder, so what was his goal? Or should I know that already? I paid attention, but for some reason I still feel like I may have missed some important details.
Probably the biggest determining factor regarding whether or not I’ll stick with this drama is the development of the protagonist. So far Do-yoon hasn’t had a ton of screen time, so I don’t feel particularly invested in him. I do think that’ll change, but I sometimes find vengeful characters a little too despicable, so hopefully he’ll keep a little bit of his soft side. I’ll definitely be checking out Golden Cross for the next couple weeks to see how it all goes down. I already know the ending is unlikely to be a happy one, but it can’t possibly be worse than the end of God’s Gift, so I think I’m okay with it. In the meantime, there are more new dramas on the way!
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