Drama: Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들)
Release Date: October 11 – November 16, 2017
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:30
3 women meets by chance and forms the “Avengers Social Club” to seek revenge on the people who have hurt them. Jung Hye is the illegitime daughter of a chaebol family who is in an unhappy arranged marriage. Her husband later brings his son from a former girlfriend into the household. Do Hee is a poor but fiesty fish seller who is not afraid to fight for her family. She wants to seek revenge on the people who is trying to damage the reputation of her daughter and son. Mi Sook is married to an husband who is violent when he gets drunk. She is an orphan, with a dead son and a sullen daughter. She is meek and passive but she slowly gains the strength to fight her husband and protect her daughter.
Lee Yo-Won: Kim Jung-Hye
Ra Mi-Ran: Hong Do-Hee
Myung Se-Bin: Lee Mi-Sook
Jun: Lee Soo-gyum
I was looking for a quick show to watch last week and so happy that i watched this show. I had zero expectations since i didn’t know any of the cast aside from Ra Mi-Ran. Overall, i liked the friendship between the 3 ladies and the stepson. The way they met was so random that I did not really expect (and believed) how quick they were to trust one another and become close friends so quickly. But i’ve been in those situations before and i think it is possible if you have a common goal or interests.
Let me comment on the 3 ladies. I thought Jung-hye was too cold and stony faced that it was so adorable to see her and be a happy cute drunk and watch her be amazed with simple things like eating ramen or drinking instant coffee. i wish i had a friend as rich and generous as her though. I really felt sad for her and how she is being treated by her own family. it is true – it wasn’t their fault that they were born illegitimate and they should not be punished for it. I also love all of her crazy ideas because it always worked! Her husband was okay for me, he seemed like a happy harmless guy, but through out the show he just changed to being a pathetic loser. He deserved to go to prison, but i hoped to see him apologize to Jung hye. I also liked Jung Hye’s ending – she got her freedom, she was able to travel and she built her own jimjilbang in her building haha!
Ra Mi-ran seems to always play the fiesty poor lady. and it fits her well. I love her sunny personality – even though her family is poor, she is hard working, happy, a great mom to her kids and great unni to the other 2. I loved how she opened her home to them whenever one is down or in trouble. I loved how she raised her children well. ugh. super hated the rich bitch and her dumb son. glad to see them fall down on their high horse. the principal is also a sleazy scumbag and deserved everything he got. Oh, and the romance with the younger guy is just so cute!! (He’s that guy from My Golden Life – ding ding! found a connection with the other dramas I watched).
I liked Mi-sook the least, and it’s mostly because i felt that she was a doormat. her husband has repeatedly hurt her yet she is still staying with him. No wonder her daughter turned out that way. As i see her slowly open up to the ladies and started fighting back, i started to also admire her and realized that it also takes a lot of courage and strength to try to keep the family together despite the conditions. her husband is just ugly (not in looks, but in soul). these kinds of politicians should be exposed and never be elected to office.
Soo-gyum is an odd kid. Kind of weird for him to be hanging out with ahjummas, but in a way it made sense – he has no family left and these 3 ladies, plus Do-hee and Mi-sook’s children became his family and friends. I like how cool he was, even though he came from the province, he didn’t cower to get intimidated by the city kids. His mom was super annoying and tacky with all the weird wigs and costumes.
The first few revenge ideas were a bit shallow and petty but i still loved it because that’s what they were. I’m sure there are several instances where people get so frustrated with life, situations or with people that you just want to get back at them, even for such a small thing such as harmless pranks, embarrassing them, putting glue on their chairs, strip them naked. These are everyday things average people fantasize in their heads but seldom do. I also love how level headed they were. Despite their need for revenge, they always made sure what they are doing is still legal and will not harm other (innocent) people. I also loved how the writers built the plot from simple silly pranks to bigger and bigger ideas that eventually took down all of them. None of them felt forced or unbelievable and it just flowed from the storyline. For me, the best episodes where between episodes 8-10. I shed tons of tears and my heart broke for all of them.
If you guys ever want to watch a fun yet poignant series, try this one. You won’t be disappointed.