Episode three has the downtrodden students of classroom 3 gearing up for the Spring Festival. Ms. Ma forces the students to learn a choreographed dance routine that wouldn’t look out of a place at a North Korean mass rally. When Ms. Ma cuts Bomi out of the performance because she has no rhythm, Hana tries (and fails) to get the class to boycott the event.
Bomi is an interesting character.
At first, I was happy that this series was going to focus on a loner character. I know that teachers are stretched thin, between trying to keep the rowdy students from killing each other and the AP kids prepped for college, there’s little time to give the “average” students the TLC that they need to flourish. So the kids who aren’t especially smart, athletic, or well-spoken tend to get lost in the shuffle.
I was surprised when Ms. Ma started using Bomi as her narc, and the girl became a two-faced monster who thrived on making others suffer. Will make for some interesting conflict in future episodes.
The romantic subplot between Justin (Ricky Kim) and Ms. Yang is cheesy but a welcome comic relief. This elementary school is rife with drama!
After the “success” of their spring festival, the students are at each others’ throats when Sujin gets her wallet stolen. It’s pretty obvious that Nari took it out of jealousy and spite, so it’s uncomfortable to watch Hana take the fall. Hopefully the next episode will cut her some slack because the poor kid hasn’t been able to get a break since school started.
Kim Hyang Gi is killing it as Hana. She’s got the cutest expressions. She’s only 13 right now, but I have a feeling she’s going to be a serious contender for acting accolades when she starts taking on heavier roles as an adult.
I don’t think I’ll be writing anymore episodic recaps for this series. I just want to sit back and enjoy the rest of the drama. But I will do a write-up after the finale, and give it a final grade!