This is the first time I am reviewing a drama mid-telecast. I started watching Erkenci Kus sometime in August last year after my dear friend from Greece recommended it to me. I had mentioned in my Dolunay review of how much I am in love with this show. However, that was then when I was not aware of how long the show would go on. I thought like Dolunay, Erkenci Kus too would have a maximum of 25 episodes. Sadly, I was wrong. The show is doing well in Turkey, which means that the producers are going to milk the show as much as they can even at the cost of dragging the story. The point at which the show is at right now is not very different from where it was two months ago. Can and Sanem are still fighting out of jealousy.
Erkenci Kuş or Early Bird (2018) (Will add the number of episodes after the show has concluded)
Sanem Aydin (Demet Özdemir) is a young girl aspiring to be a famous writer someday. However, her aspirations seem to lack a touch of reality as she continues to work in her father’s grocery shop without trying to build a career for herself. Frustrated, her parents force her to join her elder sister Leyla’s (Öznur Serçeler) company or agree for an arranged marriage. Leyla works as an accountant with an advertising agency and manages to help Sanem secure the job of a peon. At the company, Sanem encounters Leyla’s boss Emre Divit (Birand Tunca) who helps Sanem get rid of her debt by using her as a spy against his elder brother, Can Divit (Can Yaman). Sanem tries to keep close to Can only so she can keep an eye on him and report to Emre. Her vivacious nature appeals to the carefree and dynamic Can who cannot help falling in love with her. Sanem too falls for Can but has to hide her feelings because if Can learns about her betrayal he will hate her forever.
Let’s weigh this jealousy-ridden show on our drama beam balance and see if envy helps buoy Can and Sanems’ love story.
I enjoyed watching Erkenci Kus because…
…I loved the colour palette of the show and the exuberant characters.
I want to be the cameraman of this show because the cast is so stunning that it must be a delightful experience capturing them on camera. I especially want to shoot Can exercising so I can zoom in on those perfectly carved muscles on his beefy body.
…the cast acts really well. The leads Can and Demet score high not only on their on-screen chemistry but also their good acting skills. Yes, Demet does overact a lot of times but I feel that is how her character is written so it may not really be her fault. It looks like she has completely absorbed Sanems’ persona because it is difficult to differentiate the two.
In case of Can, I read somewhere that this character is closest to him as this is how he is in real life. His mannerism, body-language, and dressing-style may be a trademark of Can Divit but is kind of inspired from the real Can Yaman.
There is this one scene where Can confesses his love for Sanem. At first, he looks a little insincere as he has absolutely no expression on his face. He does not even look happy while confessing his feelings. But when you observe closely you see the sincerity in his eyes. Can is nervous of laying his heart out in front of the woman he loves but he is sure of his feelings for her so when he does tell her, he cannot help looking nervous but you can see the unwavering love in his eyes. I like subtle acting where the eyes speak volumes of someone’s true feelings. The chemistry that Can and Demet bring on screen is undoubtedly one of the major highlights of the show.
I did NOT LIKE Erkenci Kus because…
…what initially had me hooked to the show slowly became my reason for exasperation till I gave up entirely. I loved Can and Sanem’s slow-burn romance but after episode 17, the same ‘slow-burn’ romance got on my nerves because the writers kept doing one thing repeatedly i.e. adding characters who were either interested in Can or Sanem so either of the two could feel jealous and do all kinds of crazy stuff to drag the story. Argh!! If that wasn’t enough they even went on to bring old characters back just to re-ignite the same old jealousy. Jealousy seems to be the main theme of the show. Even though Can is exceedingly hot and Sanem is superlatively talented, I could not bring myself to watch the same thing over and over again that too for two full hours. Can and Sanem just seem to go round and round reaching no place in particular.
I give Erkenci Kus 2.5 out of 5 rating. The show starts well with a good cast and a decent storyline. But post episode 17, it becomes really challenging to brush off the déjà vu feeling as you see Can and Sanem dutifully doing the drill of feeling jealous of their counterparts competing for the others’ attention. If you truly love Can or Demet and have the patience to sit for two hours every week to watch Can and Sanem feel jealous then go ahead, watch this show. If not, then opt for a show that is already completed so you don’t have to live in suspense of how long the show can go on.
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