Keeping the good times, the fantastic cast, and the refreshing mood, Welcome to Waikiki 2 served up a second helping of amusing friendship circle running a guest home.
The same vibe, the same plot, just different faces. Starting with financial issues for the guest home that Lee Jun Ki (Lee Yi Kyung) runs with his high school mates Cha Woo Sik (Kim Sun Ho) and Kook Ki Bong (Shin Hyun Soo), the guys gain revenue thanks to a documentary featuring Woo Sik’s unique physical characteristics.
They later reconcile with their first love, Han Soo Yeon (Moon Ga Young), who was dumped on their wedding day by her fiancé. Without a place to stay, the trio offers to house her until she can get back on her feet. Kim Jung Eun (Ahn So Hee), Jun Ki’s college classmate, stays at the guest home. Later on, Woo Sik’s sister Cha Yoo Ri (Kim Ye Won) sneaks in to suppress his brother’s initial decision not to assist her. She discovers that Soo Yeon is the only woman her brother has ever loved.
THEMES OF TRADEMARK COMEDY, FRIENDSHIP, AND ROMANCE
Welcome to Waikiki 2 used its lineage while skewering separate side storylines, and it was well-liked for its clever comedy runs. The series was explicit in its love pairing while also creating the cast members’ roles. The romantic lines created were tidy and fascinating, even though they served to reinforce the sketched paths for the characters.
Celebrity cameos also served the objective of adding fun to the story. Notably, the design of the chapters was inspired by various film parodies, resulting in delightfully intended puns.
Thanks to the group’s common concern of maintaining a guesthouse while achieving their aspirations, the drama was continuously stable and ended on a cheerful note.
REMARKABLE SHINING MOMENTS
There are six characters and three romantic couples. Lee Yi Kyung, the sole surviving member of Season 1’s cast, took the lead and delivered with his continuous silly antics as a want to be an actor. He provided most of the series’ LOL-inducing moments as an expert in verging slapstick yet pleasant comedy. When paired with Ahn So Hee, the faint romance envisioned for them is that of long-time friends-turned-lovers who have each other’s support at all times.
As the trio’s male protagonist, Park Sun Ho wheedled the dominating love tale with Moon Ga Young. Theirs was based on the first-love-turned-one-great-love notion, which took a long time to come to fruition. Shin Hyun Soo, the trio’s third member, depended on his not-so-intelligent persona, whose life revolves solely around baseball for Season 2. Thanks to Kim Ye Won – Park’s character’s sister – he was rescued by her forceful and street-savvy attitude.
Their characters’ separate journeys were certainly fraught with difficulties and roadblocks. But, thanks to their strong connection, they were able to live and overcome their difficulties and worries. The series used its comedic tone to leave lessons about the importance of long-term relationships. Furthermore, it inspired how failures should not prevent people from living.
Goals do not have a time limit, and there is always something for everybody to do if they put in the effort.
NO LINGERING FEELINGS-FANTASTIC AFTERMATH
Unlike the first season, Welcome to Waikiki 2 lacked addictive excitement. Thanks to the sprinkling of humour attacks, it gave off that “cute while it lasts” vibe. Furthermore, no adrenaline rush was elicited in anticipation of the next episode. Going on a binge-watch is also not a good idea because some of the storylines portrayed do not entice the viewers’ attention.
While I had a good time hanging out with the guys, I noted how the lack of plot upswings caused me to enjoy the moment as it happened. To be honest, I didn’t have a pleased and content smile after viewing the final episode.
Take the safe route and rely on comedy to pull off all the tricks. Some of the humorous scenarios were entertaining, but they did not make me laugh for more than a few seconds while I savoured the characters’ brilliant wit.
Still, Moon Ga Young and Kim Seon Ho provide an endearing relationship. The latter will undoubtedly be noticed, and I believe we will see him more in future episodes.
Nonetheless, given the lineup of Korean dramas that have aired in the last six months, you’d need Welcome to Waikiki 2 to keep you laughing.