11:12 pm - 03/03/2018

Omona Reviews: Short (A Short Drama About Short Track Ice Skaters' Short Rivalry)

Drama: Short
Synopsis: Kang Ho-Young (Kang Tae-Oh) is a short track speed skater. He learned how to skate at a small skating rink in the countryside. He was scouted by Kangbaek University which is famous for short track speed skating. There, he meets Park Eun-Ho (Yeo Hoi-Hyeon) who is referred to as "The King of Short Track Speed Skating." He is the only child from a prestigious family in sports, but Park Eun-Ho has been in a slump.
Kang Ho-Young and Park Eun-Ho compete against each other and form a friendship. They both love Yoo Ji-Na (Kim Do-Yeon) who is auditioning to become a member of a girl group. (via Asianwiki)
Genre: Friendship, Romance, Sports
Director: Kim Young-Min
Writer: Kim Jung-Ae
Network: OCN
Episode Count: 4
Release Date: February 12 - February 20, 2018

Hi Omona! showminomoney and I are back earlier than we planned with a new drama review for a short (no pun intended) delightful little drama. Side note: reviewing a drama is much more difficult when you don't hate it. Our review for Short is below.

Warning: Spoilers!

What made you want to start watching this?
keytfelt: I was looking online to see what was airing after Longing Heart and this 4 ep special drama for the Olympics was it! I recognized a few actors (looking at you, Son Jin Oppa from GG1979) and it seemed to be cute and harmless. Luckily it was being subbed on Viki. This M/T OCN slot has become our drama niche apparently.
showminomoney: I’ve been meaning to check out more of the work of the 5urprise members. They were so cute when they visited Gong Myung for WGM, so this was a good chance to see Kang Tae Oh in action. It also has Kim Doyeon, one of my I.O.I faves, in her acting debut. It’s also pretty short (heh), only 4 episodes long, so it seemed like a fun thing to check out.
keytfelt: Kang Tae Oh was one of the two 5urprise members that I hadn’t ever seen in anything, but now I love him and will definitely follow what he does in the future, he was very charismatic and adorable in this show. And he’s going to be the second lead in the next OCN M/T drama (That Oh Man Soo with Lee Jonghyun and Kim So Eun) so I’ll definitely be watching that.
showminomoney: I’ll watch too! I don’t know if I’m ready for him to be second lead though… I’ll totally end up rooting for him against Jonghyun, just cause.

Let’s talk about the characters, who did you like? Dislike? (spoilerific)
showminomoney: I loved everyone! I mean, I wasn’t really disappointed in any of the characters. I feel like they were well written and that most of their actions were well thought out. Maybe Eunho staying at the boarding house for too long was a little weird… but he was rebelling, so I guess that kind of makes sense. And the mom taking people in and giving them all free food was a little frustrating. Like, mom please.. You’re broke.
keytfelt: I actually liked everyone too! There were a few times when I was bugged by Eun Ho but by the end I loved them all. Even the people “against” our main characters had funny or redeeming moments. All in all, good characters that I wish we would have been able to spend more time with. A character I wasn’t expecting to have much storyline was Man Hee (Man Bok’s sister) but I really liked what she brought to the story.

So what happens in the show? Talk about the plot. (spoilerific)
keytfelt: Speed skating! Ho Young enters a speed skating race and beats Eun Ho, who’s supposedly the best. Because of this, he gets recruited to a sports university where his new rival Eun Ho also attends. Ho Young stays with his best friend Man Bok’s family and rich boy Eun Ho also decides to stay there. Man Bok’s cousin Ji Na shows up at the same time as the boys, having run away from the US to audition to become an idol. Man Bok’s sister Man Hee likes Ho Young, Ho Young likes Ji Na, Eun Ho likes Ji Na, love triangles galore!
A big thanks to the one person who giffed this show on Tumblr

Omo, what a twist! Thoughts on the big reveal? (spoilerific)
showminomoney: At first I thought the twist was that Hoyoung had to be Eunho’s pacemaker, but it turned out to be that Eunho’s dad was good childhood friends with Hoyoung’s dad! When Hoyoung’s dad Kang Baekho died in an accident, Eunho’s dad fulfilled their dream of opening a training center for skaters and named it after him. It was a really nice turn of events. Reminiscing on his past friendship helped with the dad’s character development I think…
keytfelt: We weren’t really expecting a twist at all, so that was very surprising. It made me a little sad, though, because I wish Ho Young and Eun Ho had grown up as speedskating bros together, but they at least became friends by the end.

Those darn plot holes! Which ones were the plot hole-iest? (spoilerific)
keytfelt: The only “plot hole” we could really think of was the fact that Idol Girl Ji Na ran away from the US to chase her dreams of becoming an idol without her parents knowing. First off, that plane ticket isn’t cheap. Secondly, how long did she camp out at her aunt’s house with her parents having no clue she wasn’t where she was supposed to be? The timeframe as a whole was a little confusing, I had no idea how much time was supposed to have passed at all.

Is there anything you would have changed about the drama? (spoilerific)
showminomoney: Just that I would’ve made it longer. It was so cute and I would’ve loved to have seen more of these characters.
keytfelt: I agree, four 50 minute episodes wasn’t enough, I wish this had been at least 12 episodes. I felt like the characters were well written and their stories could have been expanded more, but I was pleasantly surprised how satisfied I was with how everything wrapped up.

Final thoughts? Would you recommend this show to anyone?
keytfelt: Definitely! The drama was cute and satisfying and only took about 3½ hours total to watch. There were great friendships and it was such a relief to watch a show I just really enjoyed. I will absolutely be adding this to my short dramas recommendation list with Page Turner and Splash Splash Love.
showminomoney: Yes totally! It was cute and fun. Very Disney Channel Original Movie, but longer. It had competitive sports, rivalries, some romance, childhood friends, enemies to bffs, some singing, and a very hopeful and neatly tied up ending.

Out of 10 Omo’s, what would you rate this?
showminomoney: 8.5! Is that too high?
keytfelt: I already rated it an 8.5 on MyDramaList!
showminomoney: Nice. Great minds!

If you're interested in checking out this drama, it's on Viki (and subsequently sites like fastdrama). The first full ep is up on Viki's YouTube.

About the reviewers:
showminomoney is a kdrama newbie, having only finished 8 (eight) dramas in total (out of 14) since getting into them in 2016. She loves cute guys with cute smiles that aren’t afraid of making fools of themselves for laughs.
keytfelt is Omona’s kdrama overlord and has finished 112 kdramas so far. She loves the Olympics and also loves collecting new actor crushes now that Kang Ha Neul is away.

This is our push for more people to watch this super cute drama! If anyone else wants to use this same format to review a drama, whether old or new, please feel free to!
showminomoney 4th-Mar-2018 07:27 am (UTC)
Reading over this again (after having started working on it like 2 weeks ago??) it really is so much harder to write about a show you enjoyed haha I mean, I can only say "I loved this a lot! Please watch this!" so many times. It ended really nicely, pretty much everyone's story/arc had a satisfying conclusion, I don't have complaints. Only lingering good vibes from how cute everything was.

And yes, anyone please feel free to write reviews for dramas that you love or hate in this format as well. We tried to make the questions as general as we could to try to suit all sorts of stories.
by_venoms_sting 4th-Mar-2018 07:50 am (UTC)
I keep putting off watching this and I don’t know why since I was waiting for it to finish to watch in one go but when it did I still didn’t watch. The same thing happened with Girls’ Generation 1979. I need to get it together.
sforza 4th-Mar-2018 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ah this looks super cute! I may have to check it out, it's going on my to-watch list at least! Those gifs of them kicking each other playfully are cute haha

thank you showminomoney and keytfelt for another wonderful review! I really enjoy reading these :D
showminomoney 5th-Mar-2018 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yay! We're glad you like our reviews! Let us know how you find when you end up watching.
pearlychoco 5th-Mar-2018 05:18 am (UTC)
this was such a great Drama, i really wished that it was longer.

thank you, you two, for this awesome review! =)
sharkbait 5th-Mar-2018 12:50 pm (UTC)
I've seen this one mentioned a couple of times but didn't realize it was only 4 episodes. That's actually going to make me more likely to watch it since the end of the "busy season" at work is looming and I'll probably end up on call for at least partial shifts. I can watch it while waiting by the phone.

Thanks for the review!
torontok 5th-Mar-2018 08:33 pm (UTC)
This looks super cute and I've been in the mood to check out a sports drama.

Also if anyone would want to write a review like this for Splash Splash Love, count me in
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