Drama Review – Fairy and the Woodcutter (tvN, 2018)

I recall feeling excited when Show just started airing, but the excitement slipped away bit by bit as the weeks passed. It is obvious Show suffered from the storytelling, and it was especially tedious to watch the “guess who’s the husband” plots. I also felt the snippets involving the three other immortals were rather uninteresting. As mentioned over at dramabeans, I agree that Show would have been better as a movie (or even those short 2-4 episodes drama specials) rather than a 16-episode drama.

The premise is cute and story promising, but perhaps there wasn’t enough content to last 16 hours. The husband guessing game was unnecessarily misleading and that left a bad taste in my mouth. It was obvious to the viewers from the latter half onwards, that Geum (Seo Ji-hoon) is the husband Ok-nam (Moon Chae-won) was looking for, yet Ok-nam was just so oblivious to the signs and adamant in her “feels” that Yi-hyun (Yoon Hyun-min) is her husband and ended up being frustrating to watch. It made me question why the production team made the choice of having first and second male leads where they should have been both first leads, or at least that was how I felt.

Another gripe I have about Show is the terrible CG. I’m pretty sure tvN is rich enough! Tiger Jeom-soon (Kang Mi-na) looked so real in the promotional poster as well as in the drama, but the other animals that appeared in Show are so obviously CG-ed. Show appeared cheap-looking and seems like it was produced with a tight budget.

I did enjoy the history of our three characters as fairies in their past lives, and did not expect Yi-hyun being the reincarnate of fire fairy Yi-ji. I’m not quite sure what to make of the feelings of Yi-ji had towards Ok-nam. My guess is Yi-ji adores Ok-nam yet also possibly felt jealous that Ok-nam is well-liked. Initially I thought Yi-ji likes Baeuse (Geum’s fairy identity) but that ended up being vague too. I wish more time were spent on developing the history of the fairies because that is more interesting than the husband guessing game. I also wish Go Doo Shim had more than just guest appearance as “older” Ok-nam and we never had a proper explanation why Ok-nam sometimes appear old and sometimes young (or did we?).

Overall Show is watchable but just not worth the 16 hours spent.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I dropped it after first episode. Got no time for that. Fantasy rom com dramas are mostly disappointing so I have decided to stay away from them and explore other genres.

  2. Beez says:

    I had the exact same feelings toward this drama as KOORIYUKI. Exact same questions too! I don’t think they explained the whole grandma appearance but I suppose it’s because she’s been on earth 699 years but other celestial beings (even if they don’t know they’re such) see her in her young fairy form. Nah, that still didn’t make sense even though that’s what show implied.

    My other gripe is the young assistsnt prof looked so very young that I didn’t even consider taking him seriously as her possible husband until it became obvious.

    Kdrama seems determined to push the noona romance thing as much as they do the 20-year age cap between old ahjushhis and young agasshis. I guess what’s good for the goose…. (I just have to tamp down my personal reactions of yukkiness to both).

    1. kooriyuki says:

      But eventually the psychiatrist also saw her in the young form and she wasn’t a celestial being in her past life iirc.
      Messy show =(

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