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All My Love

Posted on: August 29, 2011

All My Love is a daily sitcom on MBC that stars kpop singers like Jo Kwon from 2AM, Gain from the Brown Eyed Girls, Yoon Doojoon from Beast, and Lizzy from After School.  It was supposed to end after a 100 episodes but because of its popularity, the show has been extended to 200.   Actually, I think its more than 2o0 since its on episode 199 at the moment and I don’t see how they are going to wrap up the series in one more episode.

Since the series has gone on for so long, there are several story arches but I will try to summarize:  A penny pinching owner of a hagwon searches for his long lost daughter.  Little does he know that the poor part time employee (Saetbyul) that he treats like trash is his daughter.  An older woman who has twins (Jo Kwon and Gain) tries to get the penny pincher to marry her and manipulates and lies her way in to his heart.  The two get married only the woman finds out that Saetbyul is the man’s daughter.  She hides the truth from her husband until eventually the truth comes out and she is ousted from the man’s home.

At the same time, the penny pincher lives with an assistant who is supposed to help with the business aspects of the hagwon.  Little does the penny pincher know the assistant is plotting to bankrupt him out of revenge.  The penny pincher had ruined the assistant’s father’s business.  During this story line, the assistant played by Jun Tae Soo was in a drunk driving incident which forced him to withdraw from the show.  Since the revenge plot was one of the main story lines, the writers introduced a brother to the show.  The brother takes over as the penny pincher’s assistant.  The housekeeper is also a part of the revenge plot and helps the brother in their revenge plot.

Yoon Doojun is in love with the twin Gain and tries to get her to fall in love with her.  Around the 100 episode mark, Gain’s real contract was over and she needed to move on with other projects so the writer wrote her out of the show.  So the writers make it so that she leaves for the United States on a scholarship and Doojun and Gain say their goodbyes, hoping to reunite at another time.

Back to the woman who was kicked out of the house.  She ends up regretting her decisions and changes her ways.  The penny pincher with the prodding of his daughter allows her and her children back into the home and everything is peachy.

In the more recent story lines, the daughter Saetbyul falls in love with the assistant’s brother.  The brother uses this as leverage for his revenge but ends up falling in love with her as well.  He is so determined to get his revenge that he breaks up with Saetbyul devastating her.  The person who catches her is Doojun who realizes that he is falling in love with her too.  In the most recent episode, Doojun finally reveals his feelings for her.

So yeah, there’s a lot of smaller plots but this is the meat of the 200 plus episodes.  There really isn’t any moral to the story.  Everyone seems to constantly make mistakes and be bitches toward each other and their problems and disagreements are solved in two minutes.  I don’t know why it bothers me so much but the fact that everyone seems so selfish and materialistic and no one learns from their mistakes pisses me off.

The penny pincher treated his daughter like trash until he found out who she was.  It should have made him treat his employees a bit better because isn’t the moral of the story that you should treat everyone with respect?  But he doesn’t.  Even now, he is the same selfish man-child.  Like why have that entire premise of her being a lowly employee that he treats horribly if nothing comes out of it?

Also, the acting is so bad.  The only kpop actor on this show that can slightly pull it off is Lizzy.  The others make me want to run into a wall.  Doojoon isn’t bad either but never once did I think he wasn’t a kpop singer.  A good actor should be able to make me forget who they are as a real person.  Christian Bale has played numerous memorable roles but he’s so good at his craft that when you watch Batman, he forget that he was Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

So yeah, I don’t know why I keep watching it.  I feel like since I’ve invested so much time with the show, I need to see it through to the end.  It might result in me throwing my laptop out the window but I will finish it gdi.


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