So I watched the first two episodes of Dream High 2 and so far I'm not pleased for the following reasons:
1. Most of the Cast Is Not Likable
IMO the majority of the cast in this drama is just not likeable.
The Main Six
JB is the stereotypical overconfident douchebag of the drama who became that way because his audition sucked in the past. There are times when I like him, but that's when he's NOT acting the way he does majority of the time. When he become an awkward turtle around large crowds, he's actually adorbs. Otherwise he's just the same character in every other k-drama.
Yoojin the music hipster who wants to be a "real artist" (yet he joined an idol training company). He's ridiculously annoying and he clearly thinks he's superior to everyone else. He also fights girls like wtf.
HAESUNG HAS TO CHOSE BETWEEN THESE TWO? UGH USUALLY THERE'S SUPPOSED TO BE A LIKEABLE GUY IN THE LOVE TRIANGLE. I say she dumps them both and keeps it moving.
Bringing this to Haesung, she's a bit over the top and unbearable at times with her JB crush, but I love her determination. Though I noticed that she was clearly untalented while watching, I was angry with the teacher for telling her that. Who the fuck accepts untalented people to a training school because THEY'RE SMART? This is not a school for academics jfc.
Siwoo the other member of Eden who is one of the Main Six (but got like 3 minutes of screen time total so far), who's a plagiarist who gets upset when JB dumps his ass and is sad he's in a school that's gone for the dogs. Am I supposed to feel sorry for him?
Rian the singer who joined the company to act, but can't because the president is a jerk. She's stuck up and annoying, but I managed to feel sympathy for her so she's doing something right.
Nana who is forgettable most of the time. I feel like Hyorin only got casted for her voice. And based on the posters, she's supposed to be one of the Main Six. COULD HAVE FOOLED ME.
The Supporting Students
Ailee who hasn't done shit, Soondong the Shaman best friend of the female protagonist who has an unbearable voice, Hoongjoo the comic relief who is pretty cool, Uibong the bomb ass dancer who I really like, and Yeonjo who.....yeah.......who was she again?
Dream High did a great job at jugging characters. We didn't even meet Samdong in the first episode and that was great because we got time to get to know others before we added another character to the mix. I feel like Dream High 2 was so in a rush to show all of the students and faculty at once, and because of that some characters, such as Nana, Ailee, Hoongjoo, and Yeonjoo got pushed to the back. As a result we don't know much about them. It's going to be difficult for DH2 to develop so many characters in a short amount of time if they keep up having them all in episodes together.
Moving on to the faculty.
The thing I liked about the original Dream High was the fact that there were at least a few members of the faculty that believed in their students and a President who tried to help their students be the best that they could be. But the new faculty is a tragedy. They don't even look like they give a damn. We have Jisoo (played by Gahee) who is an even more rude version of Kyungjin from the first season of Dream High, Ahn Taeyeon the quirky teacher who does a complete 180 and becomes ridiculously rude (what she did to Haesung PISSED me off), Jungwan the former President who let the school go under and treats his students like shit (how the hell did he get hired?), and Kangchul the New President from Oz Entertainment who treats his idols like crap and insults them. Am I supposed to care about these characters? Am I supposed to feel any type of sympathy for Taeyeon, who "felt bad" at bringing Haesung's entry conditions to light? I don't think so. Jinman is the only likeable teacher and he got the shaft because he actually tried to relate to the students.
2. Bad Acting
Another reason that I feel like Hyorin was picked for her voice is the fact that she's not much of an actress. She's trying too hard and it's showing on camera. Same for JB.
3. My Belief Can Only Be Suspended So Far
- You mean to tell me that Yoojin mistook a CONTAINED fire in a glass bowl for a full fledged fire? Come on now that fire could not have produced that much smoke.
- You want me to believe that a student with no singing, dancing, OR acting skills got into school that trains idols because she was SMART? I see.
- You mean to tell me that Uibong, the best dancer on this show, was beaten by JB simply because JB got in his face and intimidated him enough? JB is clearly an average dancer. I'm not fooled by his jumping up and down, charisma, and bad krumping.
4. Parody Overload
We did not need like 3 minutes of parodying. That time could have be used to develop characterization for the people that got pushed to the back. Enough said.
I really hope that this drama will get better because right now it's awful.
/ending essay. It's long because I wanted people to know I wasn't hating blindly on it because I prefer the original Dream High