KOREAN DRAMA REVIEWS
KBS (2018) 2 Episodes
Music Drama, Grade: B+
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA
A short but sweet
music drama aimed at young people, To. Jenny
(2018) managed to charm this old lady reviewer with
many funny, awkward situations that arose between
two young people with a mutual love for music ...
and slowly, a mutual love for each other as well.
There was only one cast member whom I recognized in
this drama, but I still enjoyed watching some fresh
new faces act pretty solidly, despite some rather
typical, routine K-drama plot devices that popped up
now and again.
A shy young convenience store clerk named Park Min
Jung (Kim Sung Cheol), who is finishing up his
college degree, suddenly sees his old high school
crush named Kwon Na Ra (Jung Chae Yeon) enter the
store and he is in shock. At a high school
graduation ceremony four years earlier he had
taken the stage to sing a love song he had written
(aimed secretly at this high school crush) but he
had messed up the performance badly due to stage
fright, making the student body laugh at him.
The memory of this disaster keeps
him from publicly performing the sweet songs he
writes; the only ones who listen are his Mom (Park
Mi Sun), his adorable, encouraging younger sister
(Choi Yoo-ri - a total doll, I hope to see more
from her in future, she made me laugh a lot!) who
is brave enough to tell him when his songs stink
and when they are good, and his disapproving uncle
(played by Yang Ik June, who played the
unforgettable role of the disturbed, jailed
brother of Jo In Sung in It's
Okay, That's Love). The uncle wants
him to seek a more profitable career for himself
than a musical one, obviously, since he always
freezes up when he's about to perform in public.
As usual, I want to kidnap these cute
Korean kid actors!
Na Ra had once been a member of a
promising girl idol group named Cocoa, singing
K-pop songs (her singer name had been Jenny), but
for some inexplicable reason her career has been
in a steep decline. It is obliquely inferred that
another member of this group, named Eileen (NC.A),
has been sleeping with the company CEO (Jo Kwan
Woo), and he has given her preferential treatment
over Na Ra.and the others in the group. Dejected,
the pretty Na Ra is just coasting through life,
working at odd jobs to make ends meet.
Pretty Impressive When You Get To Sing
Most Of The Songs On Your
The Full OST
When she meets Park Min Jung she doesn't even
remember him from their high school days, but
eventually he gets up the nerve to introduce
himself to her as an old classmate. They strike up
a friendship, which only deepens when she learns
he is proficient at the guitar and she asks him to
teach her the instrument, so that hopefully she
might make more of an impact at her publicity
agency. Min Jung does so, and then writes a lovely
song for Na Ra. The pretty song goes viral online,
the CEO of Na Ra's company has Na Ra record it in
the studio, but then the rascal gives the song to
her rival Eileen instead to sing professionally!
In disgust Na Ra tells the guy off and abruptly
leaves the agency (which made me cry out, "GOOD!
BUT DON'T FORGET TO SUE TO GET THE SONG BACK!"). ;)
Meanwhile, Min Jung has been
working hard trying to get over his stage fright
so that he can finally perform publicly and let
his true musical talents shine through to others.
Both Min Jung and Na Ra bond over the guitar and
their music, but will it be enough to get them
through all the vicissitudes of life together?
This is a decent short drama with sympathetic
characters, and it's a good K-drama to watch when
you are in between longer dramas, or waiting for
new episodes to be broadcast of your current
favorite drama. Check it out -- as of this writing
it's still on Viki.