“Outfield Fly Ball” is fine enough, but suggests some problems down the road.
This recap of Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 4, “Outfield Fly Ball”, contains spoilers.
Thus far, Welcome to Wedding Hell has been a pretty funny knockabout series helped along by its breezy episode runtimes – something that was basically mandatory given that Netflix decided to air three episodes a week. But when you stop to think about it, the problem with the show, really, is that there’s no way Na-eun and Jun-hyeong should be getting married. Like, at all. And while there’s still a very good chance that this is the conclusion the show itself will reach on its own, I am starting to worry a little that it might not.
Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 4 recap
While we’re on the subject, I’m not sure the show knows exactly what to do with these characters either – in fact, I’m not sure it knows who these characters even are. Na-eun is still reeling from the cliffhanger discovery of the previous episode that Jun-hyeong has a gargantuan credit card bill, which makes her totally fret about all the other expensive activities that wedding planning entails, such as shopping for dresses. But in order for there to be any drama, Na-eun doesn’t do the one thing that most women would in her position and actually voice her concerns to her husband-to-be.
Of course, if she did that straight away, we wouldn’t have much of an episode, but I imagine there are only so many times these two can get themselves into predicaments by not being up-front with each other before the whole thing starts to feel a bit gimmicky.
The bridal shower stuff – Jun-hyeong plans one for Na-eun, and she won’t give him the space to plan it because she’s so suspicious of how busy he suddenly is – works a little better because that’s something that is explicitly intended as a surprise. But even then, Na-eun’s gossiping about her fiance’s spending with her friends might seem appropriately cautious, but it absolutely doesn’t create the impression that there’s going to be a happily-ever-after here.
The problem is extremes. Na-eun is an overthinker who is determined to have all her ducks in a row rather than just blindly have fun, whereas Jun-hyeong is impulsive and just wants to dote on Na-eun and make her happy. But the archness at each end of the spectrum probably hurts this show a little. They both seem like cartoon characters who behave in a way that’s specifically intended to make a particular point or walk them straight into plot points. They don’t feel like real people, so it’s hard to buy into the idea of their happiness.
You never know – they might get everything worked out. Hopefully, though, Welcome to Wedding Hell begins to give both of them a bit more depth and nuance before even more pressing problems come up.