Dating Agency: Cyrano is tvN’s fourth installment of the Oh Boy! Series. What I expected was a fluffy, leave-your-neurons-at-the-door-before-you-proceed-and-just-smile kind of drama and that’s exactly what I got. I had previously watched Cyrano Dating Agency, the movie version, and I was kind of scared that the drama would ruin a nice story. But I’m glad to say, the drama left me more satisfied than the movie (even if I love Uhmforce with passion), because it took it’s sweet time to develop some points I wish the film version would have developed as well. The basic premise is rich with potential and conflict: a dating agency that helps the “client” win the “target’s” heart, through the orchestration of romantic scenarios and dramatic effects, giving the client a little push á la Cyrano de Bergerac. This was a nice, breezy watch, with a light emotional hook. Meaning? The drama equivalent of a summer beach read.
One thing I really appreciate about Cyrano is that since Day One it knew where it was going, including the plot point I didn’t exactly like in the last two episodes. Since the beginning, all kind of clues and foreshadowing details were there. So kudos to that. Also, I really liked that it never dwelled on the potential angst or melodrama nor it tried to be something it wasn’t. Another detail of this drama that I thoroughly appreciated was that it subverted some expected clichés and that at the same time, it made fun of some of them.
The cameos were of great help to this drama, in terms of moving the story forward. I loved Lee Kwang Soo and SHINee’s Taemin in their respective roles as clients. Also loved Lee Yoon Ji (someone get this girl a lead role ASAP!) and Goo Eun Ae as targets. The thing about the cameos in each episode is that they weren’t there just to fill up air time, each case had a purpose and helped us see little snippets of our characters’ personalities and the shifts on their relationships inside/outside the agency. Moreover, the cases were left open-ended, Cyrano was just helping the relationship start and there were no promises of a happy ending.
That being said, only Dating Agency: Cyrano could work out in the fictional world of dramaland. In real life, it would make lawyers have a field day with litigation cases. But, Cyrano didn’t make me think of that while I watched it. In fact, I just wanted everyone to get their happy endings and they did.
In terms of the acting, I was pleasantly surprised with Sooyoung. I hadn’t seen her act before and was turned off by the fact that she was an idol. But, she was good and her Min Young was a delight to watch, even if she was naive or too idealistic at times. In the case of Lee Jong Hyuk, I’ve always thought this mo’fo’ sexy ahjussi is criminally underrated. Here, as always, he was awesome and made me want to slap him/kiss him (sometimes simultaneously) with his Byung Hoon. Meanwhile, Lee Chun Hee’s Master was an enigma to watch through many episodes but I enjoyed his portrayal and at some parts, wished he would get the girl. Supporting characters Moo Jin (Hong Jong Hyun) and Ah Rang (Jo Yoon Woo) were plain awesome as the flower boys of the agency and both made me swoon with the pretty. Moving on from my shallowness, both actors did a good job with each of their roles.
Overall, I appreciate that Dating Agency: Cyrano was like wearing my fave pj’s and drinking a cup of hot cocoa on a rainy day: it gave me a comfy feeling and made me smile.
How I rate it: In terms of the plot, it was predictable but still the writing was good. Also, the drama had a favorable directing and there was attention to details. Like I previously mentioned, there was foreshadowing and carefully placed clues since the beginning. The cameos helped a lot and were really fun, while the acting exceeded my expectations. It’s been a while since I’ve heard such an addicting OST and seen a drama with such on-spot musical cues. Even with the flaws I found, specially in the second act, I still give it a 8. The good stuff weights more than a few mediocre things.
How much I enjoyed it: Like I said, I don’t think it was without flaws, but I could overlook them while watching. In fact, it was a nice, breezy watch. Dating Agency: Cyrano made me laugh, made my heart warm up in some of the cases, and made me swoon and squeal in others. I wish it had hooked me more in emotional terms, like some of it’s predecessors of the Oh Boy! Series. Still, it was an enjoyable ride for me since Day One, so I give it a 8.