Big leaves me so emotionally drained and confused. At the base of my confused state, there lies a complete love of Gong Yoo. He has me in shackles every moment he is on screen. On top of that wonderful foundation, there is a layer of love for the small, quiet moments in this drama. But above all this love there is a thick block of frustration that unfortunately can be written out as a list. Here it is.
Eight episodes in, Big continues to be a delight. With a lot of heart in the story, Big feels like the warm afternoon sun. But perhaps because it is so gentle and warm, Big seems to lack the romantic tension that I’m used to feeling while watching a drama. From years of conditioning, there is a part of me that is expecting to feel the little twist in my stomach from romantic scenes and gestures, and while the drama delivers that a bit here and there, it really doesn’t carry it through. And I can’t blame the writing for that because I don’t think that Big is actually a romantic drama. It seems to be more a story about about growing up and maturing- not just for Kyung Joon but Da Ran too.
Of course, Gong Yoo has been wooing me since the beginning of Big. But there is the moment while watching a K-drama when the stars align and boom! You’re lying there in a puddle of drool. And by alignment, I mean when the character and the actor become one.
It’s hard coming off a drama that stole your heart and time for the past few months. But unlike the weeks after Damo ended, I’ve had a creative outlet to pour out my feelings and help find closure. So this week I was ready to tackle a new drama and see where it took me.