The first season of "Let's Eat" only aired one episode a week. "Let's Eat - Season 2", by contrast, is airing by the more standard two episode per week schedule. And it's this episode I quickly saw one of the more obvious disadvanatages of the more standardized intensive drama schedules- it kind of messes up the pacing. Whereas the first season of "Let's Eat" had to accomplish basic facts rather quickly, "Let's Eat - Season 2" mostly just runs in place. There's a lot of filler here- and we've only just established the basics of the premise.
We now know, for example, that Soo-ji has another goal in life aside from just spiting Dae-yeong. She really wants to get in on with Sang-woo (played by Kwon Yool), a man who as far as I can tell has absolutely no personality. After two episodes we really should have a basic grasp of all the characters- yet so far we only really know about Soo-ji and Dae-yeong. And Dae-yeong doesn't really count because his personality had a sixteen episode head start.
This episode is, to be entirely honest, really just kind of boring. There's just not a whole lot of plot- Dae-yeong runs around trying to contrive excuses to get people to have dinner with him. As good as Yoon Doo-joon is in this role, in "Let's Eat" his character was almost entirely a reactive one for good reason. Dae-yeong is better at delivering the punchlines to jokes than he is at setting them up, mostly because his main quirk is the ability to randomly take a conversation in a completely unexpected direction.
Now, in terms of visuals, food porn fans need worry not. There's two full sequences of savory on-screen deliciousness, as well as Soo-ji's general character conflict of both loving and despising food. Rather inexplicably, though, there's no wacky editing of Dae-yeong explaining what makes the food so great, or Soo-ji arguing with him. That's the main interesting part of the story so far- why would that not be repeated?
In some sense I may be unfairly demanding that "Let's Eat - Season 2" come off as fresh and innovative. "Let's Eat" was really kind of a lightning in a bottle thing, and I don't know that it could be easily replicated. Even so, a deliberate creative choice was made to link the two seasons by having Dae-yeong show up again, and to date we're still lacking a comparatively interesting hook. There's still time to improve on that- but my patience is limited.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 2"
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