After finishing up Something About One Percent the other day, I decided to check out the offerings at MDL and stumbled upon the series Noble, My Love. Each episode of this web drama is a little over fifteen minutes in length.
When down on her luck vet Cha Yoon Seo (Kim Jae Kyung) treats a wounded man that she finds near her clinic during a thunderstorm, her life quickly becomes complicated. He is none other than Lee Kang Hoon (Sung Hoon), the CEO for the Korean branch of D.O.L., one of the largest companies in the world.
To begin with, I had no clue what to expect from this series going in but I’d seen it mentioned on a few websites that I frequent. About as much as I knew was that it was a Korean Romantic Drama. That is often enough to give you some idea of the usual cliches but this series turned out to be oddly addictive. I ended up binge-watching the entire series in one day.
The story has a simple premise but manages to do an excellent job of evoking a manhwa aesthetic. It brings all of those cheesy romantic comedy and drama cliches together in a satisfying way. It doesn’t take itself seriously either. The casting worked well, even if some reviewers were critical about the chemistry between Kim Jae Kyung and Sung Hoon’s characters.
I liked the characters in this series. Sure, they are often cliched but this show never presents itself as anything other than a simple romantic comedy with dramatic elements. It is also easy to care about their situation. The characters also stay somewhat consistent throughout the series, making their arcs more realistic and compelling.
Much in all as I loved this show, I still have some issues. The first is the overuse of flashbacks. On average, each episode spends around two minutes on flashbacks and recaps. When the episode is already short then this takes up a noticeable chunk of each episode. It is also unnecessary a lot of the time.
My second issue is more of a complaint about how security is dealt with in a lot of drama series. If it is so easy to kidnap and kill all of these rich people, why aren’t they either dead or tied up in somebody’s basement? This simple attention to detail ups the stakes and makes the situation more exciting for readers and/or viewers. It isn’t like I am asking for The K2 levels of badassery here. I just want the bad guys to work for it, dammit!
In conclusion, I really liked this series. It might have a few flaws but it is still quite addictive. I recommend this series to anyone that enjoys KDrama and romantic comedies. It works well as an entry into KDrama as well. Be sure to check it out!