Sweet Spy (달콤한 스피이)


Sweet Spy (달콤한 스파이) is  a romantic comedy set in the world of police officers and international spies.  It follows Lee Soon-ae (Nam Sang-mi 남 상 미) a recently widowed police officer with an over developed sense of justice, who crosses paths with  Han Yoo-il (Dennis Oh 데니스 오), an undercover agent, during a seemingly routine traffic stop. Yoo-il is in possession of stolen top-secret information disguised in the form of a ballpoint pen, which Soo-ae absent-mindedly walks away with.  As Yoo-il attempts to recover the pen, he finds himself falling for Soon-ae.  As for Soon-ae, she is drawn deeper into the world of international espionage after accepting Yoo-il’s invitation to work for him.   Meanwhile,  Kang Joon, (Lee Ju-hyun 이 주 현), the illegitimate son of a prominent politician and recently appointed head of the Criminal Investigations Division, re-opens the investigation into his former classmate’s (and Soon-ae’s husband) death.  Unbeknownst to him, this investigation will place him on a collision course with corrupt politicians and the world of international business.  As his feelings for Soon-ae develop, he is determined to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and figure out why Yoo-il  is so interested in Soon-ae, even ifit costs him his career.  As the story progresses, Soon-ae is torn between her feelings for Yoo-il and Kang Joon.  She also has to deal with the feelings that are dragged to the surface by the new investigation into her husband’s death.

To be honest, this drama was one of my least favorites so far.   I found it very difficult to get into the story (I was expecting more of a James Bond type of show). It had a weak plotline (the overall  premise was good, but the execution was terrible).   In my opinion, the development of the characters was weak and I found difficult to figure out what was going on and how all the characters fit into the plot.   One of the major turn offs for me was the Nam Sang-mi’s character.  I found her to be incredibly naive, to the point where it was annoying to watch.  She would get herself into situations that could have been avoided and I would find myself yelling at the screen constantly.  While I admired her sense of justice, her over zealousness when carrying out her duties (although comical to watch) became irritating to watch.  The worst for me, was the scene in the beginning where she was hanging out the window of a speeding car  that she attempted to pull over.  I also had alot of  trouble with Dennis Oh’s character.  The fact that he spoke in English the entire show really bothered me.  Maybe it was the fact that my brain had trouble switching between listening to Korean and then having to change gears and listening to English, or maybe it was the fact that the people he spoke to in English seemed to understand his perfect English, yet reply to him in Korean.  I found that for me, this broke the flow of the conversations and made it difficult to watch.  Over all, I found this show not very entertaining and I couldn’t finish the series (I watched through 14 episodes before I gave up).

Rating:  2 out of 5 stars


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