The Fin of Pasta and Wish Upon a Star

Pasta and Wish Upon a Star were the two dramas that I’ve been following faithfully since January, as can be inferred from my previous entries, and looking back in hindsight, I have a few things to say about the two dramas and their last episodes now that they’re over.

Pasta was never a serious drama. The conflicts between the main and second leads weren’t the usual kinds we see in k-dramas, and even the love triangles were pretty mellow. That aspect is indicative of the drama itself in that Pasta was always really mellow and light-hearted. I think that was part of its charm for me. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of my life, it was really great being able to watch the wonderful chemistry between Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Seon Kyun and feel the fangirliness within distract me from the stresses of school and such. I agree that the extension hurt Pasta a bit, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. I had no qualms about the ending because I thought it stayed true to the drama and didn’t leave us with any questions. The one loose end I wondered about was the wooing of Phillip by San’s somewhat creepy noona, but because she kinda gave me the heebie-jeebies, I was okay with not finding out what happened between her and my Phillip. I’m not sure how Pasta would have fared if different actors were cast as the lead characters because I believe the sizzling chemistry between GHJ and LSK carried the drama and made it as enjoyable as it was.

Wish Upon a Star was truly a delight to watch in the first half, or maybe three quarters of the way through. I loved watching the bickering between Kim Ji Hoon’s character Won Kang Ha and Choi Jung Won’s Jin Pal Gang, despite the fairweather chemistry between the two. I think Kim Ji Hoon was great in showing his character’s developing feelings for Pal Gang, but Choi Jung Won could’ve done a lot more to convey the love her character supposedly felt for Kang Ha for more than five years. There were tiny moments here and there where a glimpse of it shone through, but Choi Jung Won was disappointing overall in her portrayal of Pal Gang’s feelings for Lawyer Won. That was a huge problem I had with the last episode of the drama which aired today. The moment the credits rolled after the episode was over, the first thing that popped into my head was that I felt cheated. Episode 20 was a mish-mash of a whole bunch of random plot resolutions that were not tied together very well, and so the entire episode felt really disjointed and unorganized.

I understand that the writers wanted to emphasize Kang Ha’s change in personality over the course of the drama. Yes, we get it, Pal Gang had a huge impact on Kang Ha’s opening up and letting loose. Why make poor Kang Ha the one who’s doing all the work in the last episode? Pal Gang did not convey for one second throughout most of the episode that Kang Ha was the man she’s been in love with for half a decade. There was a shadow of it when Kang Ha was getting beat up at a crucial point in the episode while trying to get to her because she seemed frantic, but that’s about it. No tears at watching the man she loved get pummeled. Even the way she looked at him throughout the whole hour was bothersome. The expression on her face seemed exasperated most of the time, and she failed to add any affection at all.

I didn’t want this to turn into a rant so I’ll stop here, but the ending of Wish Upon a Star was a fail. Why add that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene in the beginning of the drama of Kang Ha chasing after a mystery woman if they weren’t even going to touch upon that? What the heck happened to Lee Min Kyung? Why did Jun Ha suddenly forget he was in love with Pal Gang and suddenly run back to Jae Young’s side? And why, oh why did they have to throw in that awkward scene of another baby being abandoned on their doorstep and Pal Gang automatically adopting it into their family? I liked the idea of each of the kids being named after a color of the rainbow, but that last scene was a bit too much. It was as if the writers were so intent on the idea of having a complete rainbow that they just wrote in the first thing they thought of, not giving any thought to the possibility that it might be a little too obvious.

Okay, I’m really stopping here. While I was watching Pasta and Wish Upon a Star, I loved them both for different reasons. Pasta was great because of the relationship between GHJ and LSK, and Wish Upon a Star would not have been what it was if it weren’t for the kids. The scenes with the kids were great at pulling at our heartstrings and making us root for them, hoping for a happy ending for the family that had to endure so much in such a short amount of time. But the failure of an ending for WUAS nearly ruined the drama for me so I’d have to say Pasta was more of a treat to watch overall. I am now ready to welcome the new dramas that are going to air in the next couple of weeks. Oh, My Lady, Personal Taste, Cinderella’s Sister and Prosecutor Princess, don’t fail me now! đŸ™‚

Pasta Ravings

After You’re Beautiful and Invincible Lee Pyeong Kang ended, I waited eagerly for Pasta and Wish Upon a Star to begin on January 4th. I was most eager for Pasta because I absolutely love Gong Hyo Jin and count her as one of my favorite Korean actresses, and although I never watched anything with Lee Seon Kyun, I was aware of his reputation as “The Voice”, and so my anticipation for Pasta was extremely high. Wish Upon a Star was the other drama I was waiting for, though not as much as Pasta because I think Kim Ji Hoon is gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to see Shin Dong Wook again after watching him for the first time in Soulmate. As I expected, I’m enjoying Pasta much more not only because the drama itself is better written, shot and acted, but because the chemistry between Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Seon Kyun almost radiates through the screen.

As Javabeans so eloquently put it in her assessment of the Gong Hyo Jin – Lee Seon Kyun pairing in Pasta, the quick banter between the two masks the undeniable attraction that they feel towards each other from the get-go, and the actors do well in expressing that, probably because they have such strong chemistry. I never would’ve thought to match them together in a drama (because we all know that we’ve secretly paired actors we love with actresses we favor), but I’m so glad PD Kwon Seok Jang took this route. He did us all a favor in casting these two wonderful actors together and igniting the fan-girl within… at least for me anyway.

Another thing I’d like to mention about Pasta is the conflict between the chefs of La Sfera. Team Korea vs. Team Italy is an interesting dynamic to watch because it’s amazing how one person (Lee Seon Kyun) could cause such a rift between an entire staff of chefs within one kitchen. As a viewer, it’s so obvious to me that there’s a simple solution to all the bickering and the grudges, but it’s not to them, so I can’t wait to see how this problem gets resolved. Also, to go off on a tangent, Noh Min Woo as the chef on Team Italy who wears his hair in a short ponytail is unbelievably charismatic. I don’t usually like guys who have hair long enough to tie into a ponytail and looks perfectly permed to flow in smooth, wavy locks, but the way he twirls his tongs during the showdowns between the two sides of the kitchen of La Sfera gets me every. single. time.

I’m enjoying watching Pasta immensely, and can’t wait to see where the drama goes. Javabeans has most kindly posted up recaps for episodes 1 and 2, so y’all should mosey on over to her site and check them out. Until next time!