Kaede+Jun featured this funny piece today about Oh My Ghostess, the likable romantic comedy that concludes this coming week on cable. The poll, which asks readers to predict the ending of the series, is revealing in more ways than one.
I’ve enjoyed this show for its adorable leads, particularly for finally giving zany comedienne Kim Seul-Gi a sideways shot at lead actress glory. (If you haven’t seen her scene-stealing turn as the sleep-deprived editor in Flower Boys Next Door, put it on your list.)
Ghostess also has one of the thinnest plots in K-drama history, making summer 2013’s fluffy ghost romance Master’s Sun look like Anna Karenina by comparison.
The poll at Kaede+Jun shows that we all know exactly what’s going to happen in the final two episodes. If you click on your predictions and look at what others have predicted, you’ll see that most viewers agree about how key plot elements will conclude. The fact that we’ll watch anyway just goes to show that the pleasures of Oh My Ghostess have nothing to do with suspense.
A story doesn’t have to surprise us at every turn. In fact, sometimes the shows with a familiar story hit just the right note, like the television equivalent of Bong-Sun’s comforting home-cooked cabbage porridge. It reminds me of my friend who refuses to watch suspenseful shows like Game of Thrones because they’re too emotionally exhausting. Instead, she watches classics like The A-Team and The Rockford Files because the formulaic plots are reassuring. (Believe me, if you’re ever raising three kids under the age of four, you’ll be tempted to do the same.)
At the same time, the familiarity of Oh My Ghostess explains why I haven’t written much about it here. It’s pitch-perfect rom-com, and fun to watch. But when it comes to writing about shows, it’s easier to comment on shows that are a little “off,” a bit peculiar. I’ve enjoyed watching Ghostess purely from the point of view of a fan-girl on a hot summer day, without too many deep thoughts in mind. ♥