Sh**ting Stars focuses on people behind the scenes in the entertainment industry including the head of a PR team (Lee Sung Kyung) and the agency’s top star (Kim Young Dae).
Lee Sung Kyung plays Oh Han Byul. She is the head of a PR team in the entertainment industry. Her job is a tough one and requires her constant attention in managing the agency’s stars. That includes the top star who she went to college with, but they are always at odds.
Kim Young Dae is Gong Tae Sung who is a popular star. Even though he constantly bickers with Han Byul, he actually harbors some longtime feelings for her.
Sh**ting Stars was an okay drama for me. It was like a rom-com/entertainment/slice of life hybrid. It had its pluses and was a nice enough watch, but it also had its cons and wasn’t particularly engaging.
The drama is set in the entertainment industry with the focus on all that goes into managing celebrities from their daily work to scandals. I do enjoy getting a little glimpse of some of the workings that go on behind the scenes in the industry.
We have our main romance between Han Byul and Tae Sung at the center. We spend a huge chunk of the drama with them bickering, and Tae Sung trying and failing to confess to Han Byul. It was cute at first, but it went on too long for my liking.
Once the romance finally takes shape, we do get some nice interactions between them, but I never felt like they had enough screen time together. They certainly have their nice moments though.
The overall screen time of the drama was actually spread between a large number of characters. The supporting characters are pretty well developed with their own trials, tribulations, and romances to enjoy.
We have a variety of people including actors, mangers, PR team members, lawyers, and reporters. This does take away screen time from our main couple though, and I definitely noticed. I tend to prefer the main focus to be on fewer characters in this genre.
My biggest issue with the drama though was that I just didn’t care a lot about what was going on. The pacing was so-so without a lot of big developments in the first half. Things do get more dramatic with new plot developments in the second half as the characters deal with loss, complicated relationships, and even multiple stalkers.
Normally, I would be pretty thrilled with all of that, but I was kind of over it by the time things started to get going. And while most of the characters were okay, I didn’t find them very appealing which also didn’t help. My favorite character was easily Kang Yoo Sung (Yoon Jong Hoon) mostly because he was such an incredibly kind and warmhearted man.
As I said, overall, Sh**ting Stars is an okay drama. There are several romances to enjoy with humor and a little behind the scenes look at the entertainment industry. Things pick up in the second half in the drama department.
The series wasn’t particularly engaging though and was lacking in story with one-note characters. It was still a decent enough watch and can work for you if want something mostly light-hearted with a focus on multiple relationships and a few more serious issues.
My Rating: 6/10
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