Who slept early last night? Me. Who woke up super early this morning? Me too. Who opened her computer as soon as she woke up and downloaded the drama? Well, that person was no other than me. Never thought my biological clock would obey to my drama-driven brain, prompting me to wake up in the wee hours in the morning just to catch up on the pilot episode of Flower Boy Next Door.
One word to describe the first episode: it’s warm.
Not in the sense that it’s lukewarm despite the endless promo materials before this but it’s warm. I immediately love Park Shin-hye’s character. Go Dok-mi. She’s such an introvert that it can’t be helped to feel her joy when she finds her crush staying right opposite her window and starts stalking him. The way she mirrors her daily life to her hottie neighbor is like a source of happiness to her dull life inside her gloomy house. It’s a simple story line: a girl stalking her neighbor, but I’m hooked and has begun rooting for her, especially when she cannot bear to watch the dog getting hurt. Oh, I had the same reaction as her and felt a little disappointed that she couldn’t bring herself to tell the hottie about the dog, even when they’re so close. Dok-mi, you stole my heart with your weird attitude.
Perhaps, if she look around some more, she’ll find an abundance of flower boys nearer to her house. Maybe it’s hard to take a peek like she’s doing to the person in front of her window, but an encounter in the elevator now and then isn’t impossible. These two dudes, Yoo Dong-hoon (Go Kyung-pyo) and Oh Jin-rak (Kim Ji-hoon) are her immediate neighbors next door. It must be his profession as manga artist and working at home because Jin-rak looks like a bumpkin when he’s at home, but Dong-hoon doesn’t look like that. Hahaha! Anyhow, it’s still early to say anything about Dong-hoon aside from the fact that he’s sleeping on the small sofa despite his long legs, but Jin-rak gives off a daddy long legs’ vibe, especially to Dok-mi. Kyaaaaaahhh I like this!
Enrique Geum (Yoon Si-yoon) is a boy. Enough said. From the way he behaves to his addiction with everything panda, he’s like a puppy: cute and adorable but at the same time, crazy and creepy. I adore him, partly because of my bias towards Si-yoon, but Enrique is fluffy. I just want to pinch his cheeks and put him in my pocket; however, I won’t mess with him when he’s angry. He can turn into a fierce boy and barge into the next apartment building only with his shorts. Oh well, he’s a boy after all and nothing can stop him.
The subject of Dok-mi’s stalking, Han Tae-joon (Kim Jung-san) is the perfect man: he loves dog, he cleans his house although he’s staying by himself, he’s handsome, he’s sweet. if I’m Dok-mi, I’d totally stalk him too. He’s the older cousin of Enrique and I think he fits the name ‘Enrique’ more. Not sure whether we’re going to learn more about him or he’ll just fade behind the four flower boys after Dok-mi gets to know about them.
Watanabe (Mizuta Kouki) gets the cutest entrance ever. He’s a Japanese who just move into the old apartment where Dok-mi and Jin-rak stay. Super cute and he loves his plates as much as he loves cooking. Is he a chef? Probably. He reminds me of Nam Goong-min with his wide smile and…yeah, I’ll pay attention to him.
So far, I’m liking the plot and the tone used in the drama. The narration by Dok-mi makes me feel closer to her and able to understand her innermost thoughts about herself and people around her. I particularly like the color palette used: brown and not flashy, just like the season when Dok-mi first saw Tae-joon: autumn. The characters are quite ordinary but that doesn’t mean they’re boring to be watched; in fact, I can understand why they’re behaving like that, especially Dok-mi. Here’s hoping that it’ll be better and I must be prepared to wake up early every Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is the feeling of waking up while the whole family is still asleep. Hehehe