Original source: http://www.entermedia.co.kr/news/news_view.html?idx=3006
In contrast to the poor ratings, KBS2TV’s BM is not such a boring drama. And it’s not childish as it may seem by its name BM. The drama’s leads Jang Keun Suk, IU or Lee Jang Woo, their acting is not unwatchable. No matter what, these young actors are incredible being able to act out the embarrassing roles so naturally.
Maybe in comparison to the recently ended The Heirs, BM has more storyline to it, more funny. But why are BM’s ratings insultingly the lowest amongst TV dramas this year? Was this result expected? For some viewers, BM is very funny, very nerve-racking. On the other hand, many viewers find it boring, childish, the lead actors’ acting a bit embarrassing, a drama completely without storyline.
For me, however, I was soon into BM that showed various designed lines and settings from the 1st episode. For example, in the 1st episode, Dokgo Mate (JKS) said sincerely in his heart “the first time I arrived at Seoul, somebody said to me, when pretty boys are born, must send them to Gangnam or Cheong-tam-dong.” I like it. The lines between Kim Botong (IU) & with her brother were also funny. “If you can only have two types of body, one is Kim Jung Guk & another is Kang Dong-Won, whose body do you want?” “Man must be Kim Jung Guk!” “Why? Of course, you have to choose Kang Dong-Won, stupid!” “Stupid?” “Yes, stupid!” Apart from these, when Botong went to the supermarket, she dreamed of swimming in Dokgo Mate’s shoulder blade, hid her eyes with her hands when she saw the raw chickens which appeared unsightly. These were ‘ridiculous & funny’. Yes, you can say BM is a drama for those who love ‘ridiculous & funny’.
But BM is not a drama without storyline. If you see just the framework of BM, it’s a story that Dokgo Mate who lives his life, trusting only his face steals women’s hearts. Of course, it’s not like a Casanova-style story that was popular in the past in erotic comics. To the contrary, Dokgo Mate learnt about life, while stealing women’s hearts. About money, reading people’s minds, skills in making use of connections, etc. Through these, it shows how Dokgo Mate, a pretty boy who once believed in only using his pretty face, eventually became a true beautiful man.
Furthermore, there’s Kim Botong, a female lead, who’s always by Dokgo Mate’s side, always look at him only and will do anything for him if only he will marry her. Like a senior high school girl chasing after stars, Kim Botong was ordinary on the outside but unique & cute. In the early part of the drama where Kim Botong wore white socks, selling socks & fighting with the police, that scene was the best.
Apart from these, there are various types of women whom you won’t normally see in dramas appear in BM several times. For example, Electric Fairy (Kim Ye Won) can make predictions every time monkey toys strike cymbals. This role (Electric Fairy) is more in-depth than any characters in other dramas. Another woman, Jaek Hee who is worldly but innocent about love (So Yoo Jin) is also rarely seen except for this type of drama. Also, the farewell phrase she said to Dokgo Mate whom she proposed to does not always appear, very impressive: “I love Mate more than my life, but I don’t love you more than money. Let’s part our ways.”
Given more attention, one can feel BM is a kind of cute but sarcastic drama for other ‘beautiful’ dramas that only show ‘beautiful world’ and ‘beautiful love’. But regrettably, a lot of people hope to see sweetness and sincerity in dramas, not irony. But this reflects that in order for this TV drama to be successful, it must be beautiful, regardless, everything must be beautiful or naturally beautiful.
It doesn’t mean there was not similar type of drama to BM before. In 2007, MBC’s ‘Meili Daegu’s attack’ was similar type. The ratings for this TV drama were not good. But the famous lines in this drama still appear even now: “My dream is like a bad tooth. Having it is painful, and removing it is also painful.”
For viewers who like BM that succeeded the similar taste from drama ‘Meili Daegu’s attack’, the viewer rating is still like a bad tooth too. Disregard the ratings, as long as you feel the atmosphere of BM, then you’ll see BM is not just a ‘beautiful’ drama, but ‘more beautiful and enjoyable’ one.