In spite of wanting to get stuck into the rest of this show, events transpired last week to screw up my schedule a bit. As such, I wasn’t able to watch the fifth episode of Something About One Percent. Given that things are beginning to settle down a bit, I can now return to normal programming and maybe more.
You know the deal by now… spoilers and all that jazz…
The fifth instalment sees Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) visited by her best friend-slash-moocher Hyun Yin after her friend hears on the grapevine that Kim is dating a mystery man and wants the low-down. Attorney Park is drilled by Lee Kyoo Cheol (Joo Jin Mo) as to what he knows about the progress (or lack thereof) of Lee and Kim’s relationship. Lee Kyoo Cheol informs him that he knows that Park is an ally-slash-double agent for his grandson and Park informs him that he knows that Kang is a snitch for Lee Kyoo Cheol, Lee’s grandfather.
During a date with Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin), she meets the new husband of his aunt-slash-new mother, before being approached by her former crush, Jung Sun Woo (Choi Sung Jae), who happens to be visiting the gallery. He also happens to be Hyun Yin’s brother. We are also introduced to the girl that called Lee the day after the story broke about his date at the cultural festival, Lee Soo Jung (Lee Hae In), who appears to his cousin from his aunt-slash-new mother. Lee shows his possessive side by demanding that she have absolutely no contact with other men… because he is a dick… then tries to redeem himself by showing his protective side by inspecting possible entry points for thieves after they return back to Kim’s place and learn that several apartments in the are have been hit by burglars recently. He tries to kiss her, but she feels uncomfortable and it lands on her cheek.
That evening, Lee’s friend Attorney Park gives Lee a pep-talk about dating, suggesting that most of his friend’s previous relationships have ended because he always seems to let work take priority over his relationship. In lieu of this, Lee decides to take his friend’s advice by calling Kim that evening. After we see a quick update of Lee’s cousin Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) to his dad regarding the investigation, a tail will be placed upon Lee to determine if the situation will affect them as much as they suspect. Whilst giving Ji Soo some feedback regarding a new dance routine, we learn that Kim has taken Lee’s “request” relating to her having close friendships with other men to heart, but refuses to cut off all ties with people that she cares about… because she is a NORMAL freaking person. I know, right?!!!
Ahead of Lee and Kim’s next date, Attorney Park visits Lee to see if he wants to hang out. Given that Lee is about to meet up with Kim, he invites his friend to chat about Kim on the way. Unbeknownst to Lee, Kim is at the back of the elevator and hears a bunch of things that she takes negatively… and ends up seeing it as a challenge to her womanliness.
Each new episode seems to build upon the previous ones in unique and amusing ways. In this instalment, we see new characters added to the story and see more of Lee’s friendship with the awesomeness that is Attorney Park. (Yes, I do find Park awesome and the actor is aesthetically pleasing). We also see the progression of the relationship of Lee and Kim, as well as some further character development for Lee as he considers what both Kim and Park have said about relationships. It does a good job of building tension as well.
I find it difficult to hate any of the characters so far, as it is somewhat easy to understand motivations for their actions because they are logical. That being said, I do like some characters more than others. I still really like Attorney Park, but unlike a lot of shows, I really like the main characters. I find it easy to root for Kim and Lee. These two awkward characters seem to offer something to each other that is lacking.
With the way that the story is progressing and characters are developing, I will be continuing this series. I find myself laughing way too much to give this sucker up this far into the series. Yes, I also like the romantic elements, but these are made a lot more enjoyable because of the humour.
For those interested, I will likely be starting the live-action TV adaptation of the manga Zettai Kareshi, in the next few days. I reviewed the manga in 2012, not realising that there was already a TV show based on the series. So many interesting shows… So… little… time…