Forecasting Love and Weather is a 2022 South Korean television series directed by Cha Young-hoon and starring Park Min-young, Song Kang, Yoon Park and Yura. This series depicts the cheerful love story of people working in Korea Meteorological Administration who break, fall and rise up again, and their everyday life together in the office. It premiered on JTBC on February 12, 2022, and aired every Saturday and Sunday at 22:30 (KST) for 16 episodes. It is available for streaming on Netflix.

Forecasting Love and Weather featured in Global Top 10 weekly list of the most-watched international Netflix TV shows for 6 weeks in a row from February 21 to April 3.

  • English title) / Meteorological Administration People: Office Romance Cruelty (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Gisangchung Saramdeul: Sanaeyeonae Janhoksa Pyeon
  • Hangul: 기상청 사람들: 사내연애 잔혹사 편
  • Director: Cha Young-Hoon
  • Writer: Sun Young
  • Network: JTBC
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: February 12 – April 3, 2022
  • Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 22:30
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Synopsis

A story depicting love and work lives of employees at the Korea Meteorological Administration. Jin Ha-Kyung and Lee Shi-Woo are two people employed there.

Review: by foolish_heart (link)

I’ll be upfront and say that this drama was mediocre at best. However, there were a few things I liked that I hope will be done in future dramas.

Story

There’s not much of a main story going on. The setting is the National Weather Service which leaves little space for storyline drama outside of unpredictable weather and forecasting mistakes. Despite the lack of a strong story, they don’t even replace it with slice of life moments. Instead, we just get the characters’ backstories.

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Characters

Even though there isn’t much of a storyline, I did enjoy the exploration of the characters’ backstories. These characters were interesting because they mainly portrayed realistic situations we see in everyday life. One thing I particularly liked seeing was the many broken family dynamics. It didn’t feel overdone and we the audience probably know people with similar family dynamics.

First we have Jin Ha Kyung’s family. She has the traditional overbearing mom who SWEARS that marriage is the happy ending, even after losing her husband. It’s kind of sad to see that the mom’s obsession with marriage just makes her neglect Tae Kyung, especially since Tae Kyung is divorced. We even see that the mom’s view on marriage affects Tae Kyung negatively when she looks guilty telling Seok Ho that she’s a divorcee. I like that they stuck with Ha Kyung’s choice to move out. It’s just not realistic to live with such an overbearing parent.

Next we have the married couples being shown with struggles in their marriage. Many romance dramas set marriage as the happy ending, but not this one. While these couples could justify the main couple’s choice to not get married, it also leaves the option as it shows the married couples working through their issues. I don’t think it’s realistic that the married couples all stayed together, but they covered a good range of issues with family dynamics that I wished more dramas did.

Finally we have the two coworkers who start off single. Soojin was relatable in that she constantly questioned whether or not the job is worth it. Seok Ho was relatable in that he really did his best to mind his own business without getting dragged into the main couple’s dating drama.

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Overall I liked how many different characters were explored as well as the way they were shown to come from different walks of life. I believe this was the strong point of the drama.

Other

This isn’t relevant to the review, but I thought it was interesting that the drama’s main product placement was the cars. The cars were so important in the earlier episodes but they suddenly become irrelevant after all the car’s uses are shown like:

  • Siwoo buying a car (showing that it’s affordable even for financially unstable characters)
  • Siwoo and Ha Kyung carpooling
  • Ha Kyung getting into an accident, but her car is fine
  • Siwoo and Um sleeping in their cars
  • Siwoo and Ha Kyung going camping

Most of these were in the first half of the drama. In the last few episodes, the last important driving scene we see is Um making a u-turn to go back to work. After that, it’s all bus stops and flashbacks to the flight to/from Jeju. Seok Ho even makes an excuse that he didn’t drive because he predicted a traffic jam.

Closing

While not having a strong storyline, this drama explored characters with unique portrayals of family dynamics. I hope more dramas uses these family dynamics in the future.

5/5 - (2 votes)

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