What happens when an entity with the ability to move forward and backwards through time perchance takes an interest in a young man’s pitifully sad situation and offers him a do-over of any critically pivotal point of his past? In the television series Operation Proposal (2012, 16 episodes) the entity that introduces himself as a Time Conductor does exactly that for a desperate Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho).
Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho) lived his life cowardly and full of regrets when it comes to the affairs of his heart. If only he had proclaimed his true feelings to his best friend of 20 years Ham Yi Seul (Park Eun Bin) at a much earlier time then she would most certainly be his wife-to-be now rather than another mans. Out of sheer luck a Time Conductor (an entity that can control time) takes an interest in Kang Baek Ho and presents him with a life altering gift that he can’t refuse – to go back in time and undo his mistakes. With the aid of a potion that allows him to merge with the earlier version of himself while keeping all of his future-self memories intact he then sets out to rewrite his own history as well as those closest to him.
Operation Proposal is an excellent Korean drama series that completely pulled me into the story. At times I was so wrapped up in what I was seeing that I was actually yelling in frustration at the screen image of the principal character Kang Baek Ho. Each episode in this series nicely built upon the previous one and expanded with how the new and changed events unfolded along with the unexpected repercussions. As the depth of the circle of characters grows so does the need to know more and the anticipation of what the next episode would reveal. Since this series was about time travel I was anticipating some disappointing aspects in the script with regards to the explanation of how Kang Baek Ho could be able to re-live past moments. As it turns out the script is written in such a way that it pretty much leaves it up to the viewer to fill everything in with their own imagination. The lead actors Yoo Seung Ho and Park Eun Bin really played their characters well and they looked good together to boot. Operation Proposal is now easily one of my most favorite Korean drama series and I highly recommend it.
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“Operation Proposal” is a 2012 South Korean television series starring Yoo Seung-Ho and Park Eun-Bin. It aired on TV Chosun from February 8 to March 29, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 20:45 for 16 episodes. This series is a remake of the Japanese drama Operation Love that aired on Fuji TV in 2007.
“Baek Ho has been friends with Yi Seul for years but has never mustered enough courage to tell her his true feelings. Now that Yi Seul will be marrying another man, he wishes to turn back time — and soon gets the opportunity to change everything.” – Netflix
“Based on the Japanese drama ‘Proposal Daisakusen’ comes the story of a man who regrets never telling his best friend that he’s in love with her on the day of her wedding. Yoo Seung Ho (God of Study, Flames of Desire) and Park Eun Bin (Queen Seon Duk) reunite onscreen as the fated couple. Lee Hyun Jin (Heartstrings) and Kim Ye Won (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) round out this youthful cast in this fantasy melodrama. Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho) has been friends with Ham Yi Seul (Park Eun Bin) for the past twenty years, but has never mustered enough courage to tell her that he loves her. Now, on Valentine’s Day, it might be too late. He races to Yi Seul’s wedding as her “man of honor,” and watches her marry another man, Kwon Jin Won (Lee Hyun Jin). Full of regret, Baek Ho wishes desperately that he could have done things in the past differently. Enter the Conductor (Kim Tae Hoon) – the man who can help fulfill Baek Ho’s deepest desire. He can control time, and so he sends Baek Ho all the way back to high school for another chance at taking control of his own destiny, and possibly changing his future. A sweet, youthful melodrama, Operation Proposal asks the question: If you had another chance for a do-over, would you do anything differently?” – Hulu