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K-Drama: ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ Review

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I may be 26, but I’m still a huge fan of young adult novels. They make up a vast majority of books that I’m reading. I tend to lean towards series that are mostly marketed for the teen demographic. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy programming and books that are targeted for adult audiences as well, but there is something to be said for a series that I can relate to so earnestly.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band, hit the right notes—for the most part. Things got a little muddled in the middle with fame and other complications, but the series smoothed out the rough edges by the final episode. This is a series about life, love, happiness, friendship and pursuing your dreams.

Byung Hee is the crazy, free-spirited leader and vocalist of the popular underground rock group, Eye Candy. Joining him is mood-maker Ji Hyuk, chic Hyun Soo, playboy Ha Jin, silent Do Il and baby-faced Kyung Jong. These boys rule their school until a redevelopment plan forces the delinquent-ridden school to close down.

They’re all assigned a transfer to Jung Sang High, but debate whether it’s even worth returning to high school at all. However, due to an outside confrontation with Jung Sang’s current ruling band, Strawberry Fields, Eye Candy decides to attend Jung Sang out of spite and rule the school once again. –MyDramaList

Shut Up Flower Boy Band Review.

Very early in the series, Byung Hee was tragically killed. (K-drama truck of doom strikes again. Cue the ugly, heart-wrenching sobs.) It was a plot twist that most of us never saw coming and it rocked my viewing experience. If this drama was willing to sacrifice Byung Hee early in the series, then what else was it capable of doing? For the rest of the drama, I was on the edge of my seat.

Up until that point, Eye Candy was a very successful underground band. Eye Candy’s remaining members wanted to honor Byung Hee. They knew they wanted to share the last song Byung Hee wrote. All along, Byung Hee was secretly working on a surprise for his band mates. Byung Hee was trying to get the band a slot at Rock Festival.

. I also felt like fulfilling their friend’s dreams helped the members find a healthy way to cope with Byung Hee’s loss.

Byung Hee wasn’t mentioned very often. Sometimes he felt more like an afterthought. Although, the band never forgot him. It seemed like the show tried to include him without making the characters constantly in a state of mourning. At some point, they all needed to move on.

I really wanted more backstory on Ji Hyuk and his mother. That one scene they shared presented more questions than answers.

Ji Hyuk made me crave apple lollipops, and apple is my least favorite lollipop flavor. In fact, every time I see a gif of Ji Hyuk with the darn apple lollipop in the mouth, it makes me crave one too. What has this drama done to me?!

Also, I think I’ve bested Su Ah with the number of times she listened to Eye Candy in one night. I think I’ve surpassed 30. (In fact, I’m listening to both Wake Up and Jaywalking while I’m writing this.)

I am a sucker for romance, but the friendships between Byung Hee, Ji Hyuk, Do II, Kyung Jong, Hyun Soo, and Ha Jin was the best part of this entire series. If you want to see a quality bromance between high schoolers, we have that in droves here.

No matter what happened, they worked out their differences and supported each other. Sure, there were plenty of times when they disagreed, threw punches, and thought they hated each other. Still, it was a friendship built to weather the toughest of storms. The most satisfying part was seeing them all together in the end.

That moment made this drama very, very special for me.

Darn you Ji Hyuk and your self-sacrificing selflessness. He was a “true” leader for the band, and he really stepped up with the death of Byung Hee. Even when the band doubted him, he always acted in their best interest. Sure, Ji Hyuk is rough around the edges and a little abrasive and a little too honest to a fault sometimes, but you can’t help but love the guy for being a good friend and most of all: a good person.

Hyun Soo was so broody at times. I personally found him most attractive when he actually smiled. He was the cutest thing… next to Kyung Jong of course. Hyun Soo is played by Infinite’s L (Kim Myung Soo.)

Shut Up and Let’s Go is a phrase all the guys say together in the final episode. It seems to be a very fitting international title. I do have to admit that the title made me, initially, postpone this drama. But it’s growing on me as I can see the significance of it after completing the series.

The soundtrack is flawless. One of the things I love most about k-dramas is the way they recycle the same music throughout a drama. Instead of feeling tacky or overused, the songs are familiar and really help keep me connected from beginning to end.

Also, Sung Joon can really sing. I doubt I will ever get these songs out of my head. I even listened to Wake Up on repeat while I was doing laundry. It was probably the happiest I’ve ever been while doing laundry. I have no idea why I even admitted that. But Ji Hyuk was always honest to a fault, so it seemed like a smart move.

Final Thoughts.

It was really heartwarming to see this group of guys come together and support each other at the end.

When Eye Candy reunited on stage, I couldn’t stop crying. They played their first song “Jaywalking.” It was also the song that Byung Hee wrote and coded.

The group came together after parting ways to pursue their individual interesting. They played Jaywalking perfectly. It had the same intensity and love as before. It was just as mesmerizing as their Rock Festival performance.

A part of me is going to live in my own little world where they still write songs together here and there.

As far as the romance, I enjoyed Su Ah and Ji Hyuk together. They were rooftop neighbors. Su Ah also served as Byung Hee’s muse.

Ji Hyuk was resistant to liking Su Ah. See, Byung Hee liked Su Ah first.  Ji Hyuk and Su Ah had great chemistry. We can’t deny that fact. In this case, resisting was futile.

I really enjoyed these two together and thought they were really compatible. Su Ah was resilient and didn’t give up when Ji Hyuk tried to push her today. Who doesn’t love a female lead that isn’t a pushover?

Shut Up Flower Boy Band is a teen drama with a solid, positive message.

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