Hello everyone ! How are you doing ? ^^
What a shock to see that the last article dates from almost 2 years ago! Time flies so fast, and it feels like it hasn’t been that long since I last posted around here…and yet!
Articles are scarce, the pace of drama viewing has also slowed down in recent years… but the passion is still there and with the confinement, I thought it was an opportunity to catch up a bit in dramas, but also in articles.
So here is a Catch-up article that covers some 2020 dramas that I had the opportunity to see at the start of the year.
I love you passionately…
ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM 2
I really wanted to see season 2, so to do things in the right order, I first launched season 1… A few days later, after an intensive marathon which was a real treat , here I am to continue on season 2 in stride.
Honestly, I couldn’t say which season I preferred: the only thing I can say is that I loved one as much as the other. This drama is a real treat: not a single downtime, strong and incredibly endearing characters. Just like season 1, I appreciated that the medical aspect was not there to impress, but really to develop the protagonists through patients allowing them to grow and build their values and convictions. And just like the first season, the strength of this drama is its characters. In addition to the Doldam hospital staff, who we find with joy, the new protagonists are fantastic: I didn’t think I could digest the absence of Yoo Yeon-Suk and Seo Hyun-Jin so easily., and yet we become attached to the new characters so quickly that we easily forget the rest.
I also liked that, unlike Season 1, the antagonist is a more interesting and nuanced character (compared to the classic “I’m the bad guy so I want to harm you any way I can” villain profile) and the aspect of “political shenanigans within the hospital” is clearly reduced, which is not so bad.
And if there is one thing that is as successful in season 1 as in season 2, it is the characters. It’s crazy how we get attached to each of the characters, the main ones as well as the secondary ones. It’s fabulous how the relationships that are created are touching. The main couple was just awesome and then I can’t help it, I just have a huge crush on these two actors ( Lee Sung-Kyung from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo , and Ahn Hyo-Seop from Thirty But Seventeen ), so the two together make sparks. Without forgetting of course the incredible Teacher Kim, true to himself and always so fantastic.
In short: as Nikilann says, if medical dramas aren’t your cup of tea… it’s not too late to change your mind! (It is not necessarily necessary to have seen season 1 to watch season 2, however I strongly recommend doing so at the risk of missing out on many winks ^^)
I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY
This drama is comparable to a good cup of hot chocolate that we savor under a plaid, while we watch the snow fall through the window: a drama that warms the heart and that does good to the spirit.
I admit that I launched this drama backwards: the casting attracted me but the many somewhat average echoes, especially on the slow pace of the drama, made me hesitate a lot before I started. I don’t regret my choice: I quickly fell in love and I was conquered by the bittersweet tone and the melancholy atmosphere that emanates from the drama. The story takes a bit of time to settle in (the first episodes aren’t necessarily the most engaging) but once invested, I gobbled up the episodes like hotcakes.
This is a drama which, without being addictive or particularly rhythmic, has this little something deeply human, touching and right. Emotions and life lessons scattered here and there, which we retain, which we inscribe in our minds, which make us meditate and reflect. A drama that does not hesitate to dwell on the emotions and states of mind of its protagonists, to exploit them from all angles in order to treat things in the most sensitive and fair way possible. A drama that talks about loneliness, forgiveness, fights. What life can put some people through and how to deal with it.
With a subtle and very fair writing, we follow a story filled with emotions, intelligent questions and reflections. The drama takes great care to dig into its characters and exploit each of their facets, the good ones as well as the less good ones. The characters ring true and the writing does not forget to balance the darker aspects of the drama with an environment that warms the heart and brings smiles: this book club is a real ray of sunshine that comes to lighten the weight that weighs on each of the characters (Lim Hwi is fantastic: she deserves to be watched the drama just for her). I also appreciate the fact that romance isn’t the focus of everything. The drama takes the time it takes to lift the veil on the wounds of the past: Eun Seop’s family stories are treated with rare sensitivity,
In short: I didn’t think I would love it so much but it is clear that I’ll Find You On A Beautiful Day has, without warning, cleared a direct path to my little heart. Now that I have finished it, it becomes a very beautiful story that I look back on with melancholy, and an adventure that I will not forget!
A real addiction, from the first episode. I think it’s been a long time since a drama captivated me so much from the start: the first two episodes made me experience a roller coaster of emotions and I’m not exaggerating: I sobbed no longer being able to stop in front of my screen ^^’ That’s how I found myself engulfing the episodes one after the other with a sickly addiction, my blood boiling with excitement and adrenaline.
This is why the disappointment that followed leaves me with a bitter taste: the first half of the drama had enchanted me so much, so it was with all the greater disappointment that I began to become disillusioned (I think that It was around episode 10 that my interest started to plummet). I was particularly put off by the turn of the script from [SPOILER] Geun Soo’s reversal (a reversal that I found very extreme and badly justified) [ END SPOILER] and also from the moment when the plot became too business-oriented with an excessive focus on romance – to be honest, I found this romance a bit forced. Basically, I had a hard time digesting [SPOILER] everything going on in 2020. [SPOILER END]
However, I loved these characters and this story. What a delight to follow this revenge, conducted with so much strength and conviction, without ever lacking in tenderness and emotion. The “Itaewon Class” gang was fabulous, starting with its leader: Park Seo-Joon is undoubtedly playing the role of his life: I have no words to describe how impressive he is. I was constantly overwhelmed by a flood of emotions mixing admiration, adrenaline, tenderness, tears (how many liters of tears he pulled me in the first episodes!). The heroine is also colorful: she’s badass, she’s not shy, she’s everything you’d expect from a heroine worthy of the name: I’m a big fan of this character and Kim Da- Midwas just great. But I believe that despite all the love I have for heroin, my girl-crush has never left Soo Ah, this second female role that I found extraordinary. This is perhaps also why I remained a little mixed with the romance: I had the impression that the screenplay sought at all costs to force the romance “because it had to”, whereas the screenplay didn’t necessarily need it – revenge was more than enough to carry the drama.
In short: I was disappointed, but it was because the first half was so great that my disappointment was all the greater. Despite my growing disinterest in the last quarter of the drama, Itaewon Class is still a drama that I enjoyed following. And then just for the exceptional first half of the drama, the adventure is worth living: I still have chills when I hear the first notes of the song “Someday, The Boy” by Kim Feel .
I was really full of good will, ready to go all the way… but I admit that halfway, I give up. It’s a shame because the cast is great, and I really liked the beginning: a very successful melancholy atmosphere is added to a universe shared between the medical and the culinary, a very successful combo on the production side. But from the moment the two protagonists find themselves working in the same hospice, each episode seemed longer to me than the previous one.
What went wrong in this drama? A bad combination between an ultra repetitive scenario and a clumsy execution, which means that the scenes follow each other without any fluidity. I was particularly bothered by the constant alternation between sequences of events that happen at a thousand miles an hour versus endless and boring scenes within the hospice. There is also too much focus on the stories of the patients – even if some are moving – but by dwelling on the patients, we lose the thread of the romance which turns in circles a little more with each episode.
Too bad because the drama has positive points, starting with its trio of protagonists: it’s always a pleasure to find Ha Ji-Won (no matter how good the drama is), completed by Yoon Kye-Sang and Jang Seung-Jo . Characters who have so much to offer… but unfortunately poorly exploited.
I am particularly under the spell of the culinary axis of the drama. Combined with the various “hospital cases”, I’m a fan of the way the heroine uses the kitchen to soothe hearts and pay tribute to each of the patients. The drama also benefits from a very good production: a melancholic atmosphere that I love, very beautiful images and a nice soundtrack.
In short: I’ve always liked screenwriter Lee Kyung Hee ( Uncontrollably Fond , Nice Guy ) who has a unique ability to create very beautiful universes and give a particular beauty to her dramas… but the screenplay still very often tends to plant… once again!