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Well, never say never. At one point in time, I had decided that I would give The Vineyard Man 포도밭 그 사나이 (KBS, 2006) a wide berth. It got luke-warm reviews, and seemed to lie in a no-man’s land where it was panned by the pro-Yoon Eun Hye faction for pairing her with an insufficiently dishy leading man (What? Are they blind?), an uncool grape farmer no less. And then panned by the Yoon Eun Hye-indifferent faction for show-casing her more irritating screechy attributes and lack of subtlety in her acting. Both factions agreed that the plot was a whole lot of nothing. It seemed to please no one. Except diehard Oh Man Seok fans.

So, of course, I’ve finally watched it. (OH MAN SEOK! OH MAN SEOK!). And you know what, the show actually won me over in the end. It really wasn’t all that bad. It had a certain charm. Okay, it will never come near my top ten list. And it was largely held together by Oh Man Seok, who is stratospherically adorable here — dorky, awkward, speaking the cutest little saturi, and veritably bursting with health and goodness. I admit it, I probably would not have watched this show to the end but for Oh Man Seok. But still, once one got over the hump of the first few episodes (ridiculous plot plus annoyingly whiny Yoon Eun Hye), getting through the rest of the show was not a hardship, and at times was even a gentle pleasure.

So, just what about this unremarkable and unpretentious show moved me from not-with-a-ten-foot-barge-pole to Hmm-not-bad-maybe-I’ll-blog-this?

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