I ended up getting sick this past week and spent a lot of time resting, which allowed me to go through Dream High faster than I expected. I don’t know if you’re like me, but when I get sick, I tend to baby myself and watch dramas during my awake hours. I think that’s about the only up side to getting sick for me.
In any case, I was quite surprised by how much I ended up liking Dream High. After the initial slow start in episode 1, the show picked up momentum and developed the characters enough to keep me riveted to the storyline. I really enjoyed watching how each of the characters matured…and I don’t think I have laughed quite so hard in any drama as I did in this one. The bird scene in which the four students (Hye Mi, Jason, Pil Sook, and Sam Dong) are asked to close their eyes and act like a bird had me doubled up in laughter…not easy to do when one is sick in bed. Sam-Dong’s crazy chicken dance alone will remain in my memory as a moment of sheer hilarity. LOL
Despite the premise of the drama being about teenagers trying to discover and fulfill their dreams, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the serious issues the show explored, in particular the tinnitus (hearing problem) of Sam Dong and the rape/attempted rape of Baek Hee. I appreciated how Sam Dong really struggled with such a serious obstacle to his dream. As for the rape storyline, my only regret was that the show didn’t take the opportunity to push and challenge the social boundaries/perceptions of rape. But then again, to do so wouldn’t have worked with the tone of the show. In the show’s defense, however, it did try to demonstrate that life does go on after such an attack and that there are people who are willing to rally in support, despite the further victimization that can occur through the press and some mean-spirited people.
As for the “bad” acting, I wasn’t bothered by it and actually thought many of the singers/actors put on a good show. Sure, one could definitely tell the difference in the acting caliber of the singers from that of the real actors (Soo Hyun who plays Sam Dong was phenomenal), but overall, I found the show quite enjoyable. So for anyone who is looking for a relatively light drama-comedy-musical-romance-etc., Dream High might be just the drama for you if you haven’t seen it yet.
Till next time, hope you all have a great rest of the week!