When I first tuned into “Monstar,” I was very impressed by it. To clarify just how satisfied I was with the show, I was unable to find a single problem with it. So in an effort to describe how outstanding that felt, I must say it was like experiencing a miracle for the first time. After all, I am very picky when it comes to film or television.
First of all, I liked how there were only twelve episodes to the series. After some observing, I realized that the standard number of episodes to a Korean drama are usually anywhere between sixteen and twenty-five. In most cases, I can never get enough of something I like that much.
When it comes to any television series though, I am fully convinced that less is actually better. To me, it means that the story is less likely to wander onto petty topics or repetitive scenes that will make a show get boring or annoying.
However, out of the many aspects I enjoyed about the show, there were two elements to it that I liked the most. The first was the fact that the characters were all quite likable and the second, was the presence of a very humorous dialogue.
What made the characters so compelling was that they were both complex and relatable. Take Yoon Sul-Chan for example. He acted cool and confident around others and wasn’t afraid to express his feelings. He seemed so sure of himself until he met Min Se-Yi and developed a crush on her. Once this happened, Sul-Chan became shy around her and didn’t quite know how to handle the situation.
On the other hand, Se-Yi was shy and normally, very quiet. Once, when one of her classmates by the name of Park Kyu-Dong was getting picked on and being bullied into singing a song, her behavior suddenly transformed.
In an effort to express compassion towards him and to help ease the humiliation of enduring it alone, she began singing the same song. I appreciated that the characters had depth and that they were more like humans they were representing than staged robots.
Aside from the likable characters, what impressed me most about the show was the exceptional dialogue. Yoon Sul-Chan’s conversations with the other characters in the show were downright hilarious. He was short-tempered and so clueless about his own arrogance that it made me laugh the whole way through.
For example, there were several scenes in which he was shown making threats to Jung Sun-Woo who hadn’t really done anything wrong. I guess their shared interest in Sei-Yi and Sul-Chan’s cockiness was enough to make his attacks justifiable.
There were also some really funny scenes with Se-Yi. When she spoke, the people around her often thought she was being serious when she was just joking. Once, when she and fellow classmate Sim Eun-Ha were trying to rescue a bird that had landed on the ceiling in their school hall, Se-Yi said that she wanted to eat it.
Eun-Ha and Sun-Woo who was also there looked at her like she was crazy. Her stone face gave them the impression that it wasn’t a joke when it really was. That part still cracks me up when I think about it.
“Monstar” has all the key elements a drama needs to keep its audience interested and entertained. That’s why I vote it the top Korean drama of 2013.