It’s no secret that I have been loving every minute of Dream High for the last few weeks, each week more than the last even. Aside from a fun-to-ship love triangle, what really stands out in DH is how it’s such a positive and affirmative drama. Like a kissing cousin to God of Study, DH strives to send the message that a person has to work hard and make the effort, in order to succeed and to deserve such success.
I like how this drama eschews the underdog magically wins plot (it’s much more realistic that Team White Swan can’t beat Team Black Snake at the dance-off), and steers the students into understanding that accomplishing a goal is not necessarily the same as winning, and the former is much more rewarding than the latter. DH is good and good for you (albeit in the usual simplistic broad strokes of drama writing), and watching each student in DH grow, improve, and mature has been a real treat.
Episode 10 written preview:
The students at Kirin Arts High depart for Japan on their field trip. Thereafter, Hye Mi, Sam Dong, and Teacher Kang also go abroad (to Japan).
Upon arriving in Japan, the three of them immediately go find the wedding location to earn money doing the job that the loan shark suggested. For some reason, the site of the wedding is filled with a charged and tense atmosphere. They end up making the mistake of grabbing the wrong song book to sing the congratulatory song.
On the other hand, Pil Sook is in the hospital suffering from hepatitis A, and cannot making the class field trip to Japan. Jason is very worried about Pil Sook. Hye Mi purposely tells a worried Jason a lie about Pil Sook being extremely sick….
[Credit: written preview released by KBS, translated into Chinese by Baidu Dream High bar, translated into English by me]