Thought i will do a throwback drama every month. So to start the year right, i’m choosing It’s Okay, That’s Love as my throwback drama for January 2018.

Drama: It’s Ok, This is Love (괜찮아, 사랑이야)
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: July 23 – September 11, 2014
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55

Plot
Jang Jae-Yeol is a mystery writer and radio DJ. Ji Hae-Soo is going through her first year fellowship in psychiatry at a University Hospital. After she meets Jang Jae-Yeol, both their lives go through big changes.

Main Cast                                                                                                                                              Jo In-sung as Jang Jae-yeol
Gong Hyo-jin as Ji Hae-soo
Sung Dong-il as Jo Dong-min
Lee Kwang-soo as Park Soo-kwang
Jin Kyung as Lee Young-jin

Background

Through more than 15 years that I have watched and love watching korean dramas, i have tended to shy away from the more melodramatic dramas, especially if they involve a lot of tears and death. and it’s usually because watching kdramas has been my way of escaping from reality even for a few hours a week, and destressing from the hectic work. i don’t want to feel to overwhelmed with emotions when all i want is some light hearted comedy and romance. occasionally i do watch heavy dramas but i have always selected the trendy dramas. one of my key resolutions this year in terms of watching dramas is to watch more mature dramas – not that it means watching less trendy shows – just adding more variety in the shows that i’m watching. So as a start, i chose this drama in Netflix.

I have not watched Jo In Sung in a long time — I will always remember his as that cute guy in the New Nonstop show whose girlfriend is Park Kyung Rim. (yes that’s shows how old i am and how long ago i started watching). I do watch his movies from time to time but it’s been so long since i’ve actually sat down and stared at his beautiful face for 16 episodes. On the other hand, i think i have watched a majority of Hyo Jin’s dramas. She is not the prettiest Korean actress out there, but i love that she has this charisma when she’s on screen, she has great chemistry with all her male costars, her acting is so natural and raw, and she just looks good in every thing she wears. i also loved the costars – Sung Dong Il, Lee Kwang Soo and Jin Kyung – i wassur that there will be a lot of laughs and heartaches with these 3.

Review

After watching episode 1, i actually thought hard if i should continue watching or not. and it’s mainly because i didn’t like Hae soo because she annoyed me. On the other hand, I instantly liked Jae yeol. The story felt off for me and i wasn’t sure what i was getting into. I also didn’t read the plot or any spoilers so I had no idea what this show was all about (or how it would break me to pieces later on). But the scenary and cinematography was clean and gorgeous, and the soundtrack felt so light, as if i’m on the beach relaxing that i tried watching episode 2 a week later and never looked back.

There were a lot of things that i liked about the show. The biggest part is Hae Soo and Jae Yeol’s relationship. i really didn’t like them together at first. i thought they were too wrong for each other. and not episode after episode as i watched their scenes together i find that they were just right for each other. they understood each other without demanding too much. they can fight and give all that they can, but they can also say sorry, compromise and laugh at it later. i also loved how they’re both independent hard working professionals who gave each other their own space when needed but are always in touch.

I also loved the whole group together. their friendship felt so real and relatable. they may nag at each other, fight, say hurtful things but at the end of the day, they will be there to support each other and sit down and have a laugh together. it’s the people you can be mean to, who can tell you honestly thoughts when if it hurts, are the best people to be with. it’s the people you can count on and know they have your back. But they are all crazy weirdos too and i’m sure my friends have our own crazies too.

What else do i love? The hospital case studies. we have lots of dramas about cops, doctors and surgeries, school, ghosts, but i dont think there has been a show about psychologists. it was very interesting for me to hear about the cases. there has been so much taboo about mental disorder and mental health. i for one admit, that i still need to read up on this topic and be more sympathetic. and i’m sure a lot of people too. but the topics and how they treat the patients made me realize that this is a big issue and mental health needs to be understood more.

And more than the case studies, each person’s relationships and stories were also very interesting. we see Hae soo’s mom have an affair with another man to cope with her handicapped husband. This has made Hae soo have a sexual problem. Then the 2 divorced couple still trying to stay friends despite their past. One guy with Tourette system and a young troublemaker. Two brothers at odds because of the mother and the stepfather. One mother with disassociation. there were too many storylines but everything just gelled together and hooked me.

The first half felt oh so happy and light but at the same time I felt uneasy because I can see Jae Yeol getting worse and I was scared to see the day he spiral and fall, and that’s what happened in the second half of the drama. I felt so sad seeing Jae yeol in the hospital and seeing his friends trying to help him but could only wait until Jae Yeol help himself. The second half was not an easy watch. i felt heavy after every episode that i had to stop after one episode and watch the next one a few days later. I was also curious to see how they will resolve the conflict. Of course this is a korean drama. I know Jae yeol and Hae soo will be together in the end. I loved that scene when Jae yeol finally confronted his hallucination and bid goodbye. I loved the scene where Jaebum finally finds out the truth about how his own brother betrayed him and how he interacted with his mom after. I think her mom’s disassociation was never addressed though, like they just let her be in her bubble. I guess it really wont do any good if they reveal it to her now. and at least she started going to counselling with Jaebum.

I actually also thought that the two ex married couple will get together in the end, there was just so much sizzling chemistry between them i thought at the last that they will just grab each other and kiss. but no they didn’t. they ended up talking about what happened, with the girl apologizing and accepting responsibility for their failed relationship.

As for Soo Kwang’s relationship i also liked how it went from one sided to the bratty young girl falling in love with the mature guy, and also changing her ways to be better. my only problem is the age gap. im not exactly sure how old Soo Kwang is, but i thought he was already in his late 20s so being in a relationship with a college student feels wrong.

Overall i loved this drama. I didn’t expected it so that’s what makes it all better. i also loved the soundtrack. credits to the uploaders below.

Little Sun’s “Sunboat”

“Hero”by Family of the Year

Kae Sun’s “Ship and the Globe

the korean songs were also nice. like Love Fiction by Ülala Session

Chen’s Best Luck

and of course this beautiful duet by Crush and Punch called “Sleepless Night”

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