This was the second kdrama I ever watched, and it was completely different from what I expected. After I finished While You Were Sleeping, I searched for kdramas to watch which are like WYWS and this popped up in a list along with Pinocchio.
If you’ve read my review on Pinocchio, you’d know that I really liked it. But I actually watched this before that and I didn’t like this one much. Probably because of it’s story and theme, which I didn’t bother to find out before watching it.
What’s the drama about?
The drama mainly centers around two people—Jang Jae-yeol who is a writer and radio DJ, and Ji Hae-soo who is a psychiatrist. We explore their pasts, presents, relationships and also follow along their love story.
The drama is heavily influenced by neuro-psychiatry. In almost every episode we see a case or something related to mental illnesses. I liked it a lot because I learnt so much more about this field that I had only a small idea about.
I also liked that they somehow normalized mental illnesses—which is what I felt. Even psychiatrists have their own issues that they have to work through and almost every individual who has been through something has issues including both of our main characters.
The reason I didn’t like this drama much was probably because other than psychiatry, the other major part was romance, which I wasn’t interested in. Nowadays I don’t have much patience for romance and I should have checked out review of the show before starting.
Nevertheless, I did finish it in a week and stuck through the end.
For the first few episodes, I kept comparing It’s Okay That’s Love to While You Were Sleeping and considering how good WYWS is, this one fell short. It took me those few episodes to judge the show on it’s own and not compared to WYWS.
My thoughts on the show:
- Ji Hae-soo is really guarded and as a result comes off really rude to people. But she’s also a really open and caring psychiatrist who cares about her patients a lot.
- Ever since seeing her mom cheat on her dad when she was young, Hae-soo has been uneasy with physical intimacy. In the beginning of the show, she’s been dating a guy for 300 days and has only ever kissed him because that’s as far as she’s able to go without having panic attacks.
- What I found unbelievable was that after she started dating Jang Jae-yeol, she slept with him pretty fast and without much work. If she’s so much held up by her issues, how was she able to dispose of them so quickly with Jae-yeol??
- Jang Jae-yeol is the typical male stereotype I’ve seen several times in romance books/movies—rich, confident, playboy who doesn’t have emotional relationships and with a tragic past. This made me dislike the show a little because I’m so done with this stereotype.
- His tragic past storyline was pretty sad, though. That really made me emotional.
- Jae-yeol got interested in Hae-soo right from the beginning because she’s the only woman who said no to him and is rude to him. SO. DONE. WITH THIS CLICHE.
- Hae-soo was also pretty cliche in the terms that she wasn’t at all interested in his money and she gets it across pretty clear and that made him want to spend money on her.
- The best part of the show was the neuro-psychiatry focus, for me.
- The second best part were the supporting characters. We saw a little bit individually about most of the recurring characters and tbh I was more interested in them than the main characters.
- I also liked the relationships between all the characters, especially the slowly formed ones.
- Okay so I’m most frustrated about the epilogue. I felt like everyone broke character in the epilogue, especially Hae-soo. She’s really rude and doesn’t come down easily if she’s pissed. But in the epilogue, she switched into happy mode too soon for me to believe it and hence breaking character. I get it, they tried to make it a happily-ever-after type of epilogue but I didn’t like it.
It’s okay. I didn’t really like it. Probably the only reason I completed it was because I watched most of it during the time I was bored like during commute.
Not impressed and not recommended since there are much better kdramas to watch.
OTHER DRAMAS THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE:
Kill Me, Heal Me (my #1 drama) (the main character has SEVEN personalities)
My First First Love (coming of age, thoughtful)
Extraordinary You (blending reality & fiction) (supporting characters are the main characters!)
Do you watch kdramas? What’s your favourite? Are you watching anything currently? Are you fed up with cliche tropes as well? Let me know in the comments!