Welcome to a purrfectly cute drama. Join me and my friend Wendilynn as we discuss “Meow, The Secret Boy.” The started in March. Today we are going to talk about how K-dramas take tropes such as red-thread connections, or red scarves, and make new and interesting shows. We Start with a white cat who turns into a boy.
CC Farmer: What do you think of this shifter romance that is happening? Can this technically be called a shifter romance? Ahahah! Please share some thoughts.
Wendilynn: I’m enjoying this cute little show. A cat who only transforms into a human when he’s around a specific person. It is a fun idea for a shifter romance. Kim Myung-soo, as our cute little kitty Sergei, does well portraying the antsiness of cats. Without a doubt he’s come a long way in his acting skills. I buy that his other form is a cat. However, he’s still a boy. I laughed when he grabbed that bra and transformed. Typical male. Hehehehe.
C.C. Farmer: The cat (or cats) that play this role has an expressive face. In truth Kim Myung-soo mimics some of the wide-eyed looks perfectly. I like Shin Ye-eun’s character, Sol-ah. She is a feisty girl surrounded by uncommunicative men. Her dad with his heart problems, the guy she liked who moved onto another girl and the best friend who gets things wrong with his assumptions. Oh, and the cat. Where are the girlfriends for this woman? What happened to her mom? Why is the cat a little boy?
Wendilynn: I’m not sure why K-dramas always make our heroine friendless with other girls. So far, the other girls in this drama are the extreme introvert and the catty coworkers. I’m hoping more develops with our introvert (Yoon Ye-joo), who just might have a crush on our chatty Doo-sik (Kang Hoon).
The dad (Ahn Nae-sang) just pisses me off. Why would you get married and SELL YOUR HOUSE out from under your daughter? Without even once talking to her about it? His fiancée seems like a very forward person, which he probably needs. Still, it’s very inconsiderate. I can’t help but think that each person is portrayed as an animal, whether a cat or a dog. As if to say introverts (cats) and extroverts (dogs) need each other to provide that necessary yin and yang.
C.C. Farmer: There has to be a backstory to how the dad got to be this way. You could attribute his just sitting there all the time to his heart condition. But it also makes me think he suffers from depression. When people are depressed they believe they are doing what is best for those they love if they walk away. Oh wait, just like it’s explained in the monologue on the bench in episode two.
This show is light and fluffy with a deeper layer underneath. I don’t think it is just the trope of finding oneself here. There is a more in-depth psychological story going on, but I am not grasping the concept yet. I am looking forward to episode three and finding out more. Is it light and fluffy, or is it therapy? Am I reading too much into this show?
Wendilynn: Since we are all dealing with the issue of staying home and self-isolation, I imagine this show rings just a little deeper for us. Sol-ah has all these introverted people in her life — whom she refers to as cat people — who leave her feeling unsupported and alone. Yeah, she’s got her best friend, Doo-sik, who she likens to a dog. But he’s always pushing her for his own ends, not giving her the support she wants.
Doo-sik can’t stand people hiding their feelings, so he wants them out in the open. But is it fair to force people to admit to everything all the time? Sometimes, we just need quiet support and trust. Sol-ah doesn’t have anyone she trusts that much.
C.C. Farmer: LOL, I am sorry. I know that you have a serious point. But when you are talking about Doo-sik, I get the image of him talking about the hot pink sticky notes and how they blow his mind. Ha Ha. He has dog-like tendencies!
Wendilynn: *chuckles* He really does get all cute and adorable.
C.C. Farmer: I wonder how much it costs to put in all the cute animation at random times. Random. There seems to be a great use of randomness. There’s a little boy who wears the famous scarf from “Goblin.” When he turns into a white kitten, he is on an ornate chair. Then in his last scene he was on a concrete street. What?! Random.
Wendilynn: I don’t see that as too random. I mean, the kitten turned into a human when Sol-ah was around him. Once he wandered off, he left her magic and returned to his animal form. I’m just glad he didn’t transform naked. Can you imagine the awkwardness if he was changing into only his skin? *laughter* Should we be happy or sad that his fur turns into a comfy sweater and slacks?
C.C. Farmer: *stuck in mental image* Ummmmm … Oh, the sweaters … his white sweater. “Heirs.” Lee Min-ho. *returns to fantasy world*
Wendilynn: Calm down, girl. LOL. Save all that swooning for when we talk about “Eternal Monarch.” Let’s just focus on Myung-soo for this one. 😉
You know, for a 30-minute show, it sure did give us a lot to think about. That’s some good writing and direction.
C.C. Farmer:I agree. Now let us be off to watch more “Meow, the Secret Boy”!