Oh My Venus — It’s Actually Truly Terrible
Oh, My Venus! stars two of my favorite actors–both stunningly beautiful people and in some of my favorite roles to date. So Ji Sub, from I’m Sorry, I Love You (perhaps our favorite drama of all time) and Master’s Sun, and Shin Min Ah — possibly one of Korea’s most beautiful and natural looking girls, star in Oh My Venus. We really love them both. Like, really.
So then why was it that this was one of the worst dramas I’ve watched?
It wasn’t even watching—I ENDURED the drama just to get to the end.
But I will add this: I posted saying as much on our KdramaWorld G+ Page — and quite a few people disagreed with me, so perhaps you will love it like they did. I don’t know. So…take that for what it’s worth. This is obviously just our opinion and two of us who watched it agree. This may have sufficed if this were 1990, but in 2016 — I expect MUCH more from a drama series.
Really terrible, haha.
The Problem with Oh My Venus
Clearly, the two stars look good together. Clearly, the two are both talented actors.
And this still confuses me, but how is it you take two good actors and make a boring, lifeless and dull drama?
In theory, the drama should have worked. Shin Min Ah has some awesome work done to make herself into a chubby version of her character. During her high school years in Daegu, she was so pretty that her nickname was “Daegu Venus.” Over the years, having been with the same guy for seven years and going through trials and tribulations of life, she’s gained weight and the normally “Venus-like” girl is somewhat chubbier.
This leads to her long-time boyfriend (played by Jung Gyu-Won, shown above on the left) cheating on her with…her best friend from college, who was stupendously fat in the past (also great makeup and props, second photo above) but is now slim and tall, played by Yoo In-Young (pictured 1st photo above, on the right). Her character in this show is mediocre at best, but Yoo In Young is also an actress I simply don’t like. Her acting is hard to watch and generally the same everywhere, whether she’s a good or bad role, and her voice irritates me instantly, but that had nothing to do with why I disliked Oh My Venus so much.
The Oh My Venus Kdrama Storyline
The storyline in and of itself should not have been bad.
So Ji Sub plays the role of “John Kim” or Kim Young-Ho (ironically both extremely typical names for Korean guys in America and Korea, respectively) who is the heir to an enormous fortune (of course) but exiles himself to the U.S. where he has become the fitness trainer to the stars. He’s been associated with famous American stars as trainer and lover and he abhors anything that doesn’t exude fitness and healthiness. He’s abrupt and direct — and quite reminiscent of his character from Master’s Sun.
There are reasons behind how he became this way, which the series will delve into.
Shin Min Ah is a bubbly lawyer in present day who is neither this nor that in every aspects of her life. She’s smart but not that smart, she’s pretty but sort of fat now, she has a boyfriend but he seems disinterested in her or their relationship and she’s a decent lawyer but nothing anyone would write home about. She just turned out to be pretty mediocre despite her childhood where she was every boy’s first crush in her city.
She’s a little disappointed in how she turned out but is flexible enough to accept herself as-is.
Up to this point, I can accept this story.
But what made Oh My Venus border on TERRIBLE is that ultimately, the story wasn’t a story. The plot wasn’t a plot, and while I definitely do not need conflict to make a good story as perfectly showcased in Answer Me 1988, this entire series was just 16 hours of trying to show the faces of these two admittedly beautiful people. I don’t know what else they were trying to show, because that’s all I got. So Ji Sub, doing his gallant man routine, and Shin Min Ah, pretty and bubbly, always cute — but behind the faces, there was no story except that he didn’t like fat, he discovered why she’s gotten fat, fixed fat because she’s very determined, and then voila — they’re in love. And….they’re in love. And….oh yea, they’re in love.
Don’t even get me started on the whole, “If you get thin, hot guys will fall for you” issue. Beyond that, it was wretched how when Shin Min Ah’s character, Kang Joo Eun, was fat, she was just merely helpless. The reason Kim Young Ho even enters her life is because she’s helpless. He doesn’t like her, he doesn’t think she’s pretty (you know, because she’s fat) but he’s weak for helpless people and that’s why the over-confident “I’m Daegu Venus!” girl is cowering in street corners and unable to help herself until Young Ho rescues her, time and again. But then, on the flipside, she has a stalker….who Young Ho, of course, saves her from–but then that’s that. The stalker she had is apparently the least obsessed stalker in the history of all stalkers. Oh, and her ex-boyfriend who dumped her for her previous best friend–that relationship is like mixing water with water, about as bland as it can get. I hoped, AT LEAST, the fight would be on for the ex-boyfriend to realize he’d let go of an amazing girl and the conflict would develop between him and Young Ho (the man who has everything and would obviously win!) but no…not even that stupid and predictable plot was in this ridiculous drama.
But Young Ho’s family is uber-rich. So I held out hope that if nothing else, we’d at least get the typical “rich guardian objects to the relationship” Korean drama plot, but we didn’t even get that. In fact, she makes such a ridiculous request at the end that it’s mind-boggling. No Korean grandmother would ever request such a thing. EVER.
By the last two episodes, I’m in such disbelief that I’m completely void of emotion. I just keep shaking my head….
I could go on but I feel like I’d be wasting more time on Oh My Venus. If you can think a Korean drama with two amazing actors in it is good just because they’re on it, watch Oh My Venus. It’s great in that regard and you’ll never get sick of seeing the two faces. But if you watch Korean dramas to actually FEEL something or to CARE about the characters — skip it. Oh My Venus lacks so much in story development or even proper editing, it’s not worth it.
As is our typical style, we are embedding episode 1 of Oh My Venus below. I really suggest you don’t watch it. In many ways, I enjoyed this drama (which I really didn’t like!) more than I did Oh My Venus.