Ockoala's included LTM as one of her beloved drama for 2011
Lie to Me
I’ve written enough words about Lie to Me to publish a small volume of meandering thoughts punctuated by the occasional squeal of delight. LTM was an experience more than a drama, a connection more than a qualitative piece of cinematic offering. Those who loved it judged it by a completely different metric than the typical viewer norms, eschewing the lack of a cohesive or even compelling story, and instead discovering the heady fragrance of attraction that overwhelmed the senses and laid waste to logic.
Taking two top rom-com stars in Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye and tossing them headfirst into a story billed as a marriage farce, everyone ought to have suspected this thing wouldn’t be so much a substantive drama insomuch as sixteen hours for the two leads to showcase their ability to have chemistry with anyone. Putting them together was like throwing tinder into a fire and then getting burned by the flames. Who cares that the story made no sense from the beginning and later devolved into no story at all. Did anyone mind that the second leads served no purpose and every supporting character was wasted. I sure didn’t. I love LTM for making me feel like I was a voyeur watching love blossom before me, even if the logical me ought to chalk it up to great acting.
LTM is nowhere near the crappiest drama in 2011, nor is it my favorite drama of the year despite clues to the contrary since my love for it was so exhaustive. This drama’s lasting memory with me is a reminder that drama watching is so very personal – a bond between the individual viewer and what is unfolding onscreen. Good or bad, that’s beside the point sometimes. LTM and I had a whirlwind love affair in that early Summer of 2011 that I will always remember fondly, even if the story evaporates into the ether and my heart moves on.