Well, that was sweet. Not very surprising — but sweet. This was an interesting addition to the I Need Romance franchise. It was fluffy and fun and inoffensive — which made it a pleasant watch for me — but it wasn’t that deep. Or that realistic, honestly. It kind of had a Hong Sisters vibe in that the various characters were more caricature than flesh and blood. But the actors were skilled enough to keep their characters warm. So this became a lovely escape-drama. (Maybe too escapist, though? Or am I being a party pooper?)
[Spoilers through episode 16 below…]
Min-jung’s story was probably the most surprisingly fun for me. It started out so horribly, with that early menopause ugliness. Fortunately, that got completely eclipsed (and I do mean completely — it’s never mentioned again) by her pregnancy. Min-seok turning out to be an über-dad was adorable. (I love that he drunk-buys baby accessories.) And the possible work challenges get swept away as completely as the menopause. Which is good for Min-jung’s sake, but awfully convenient story-wise.
Hae-jee’s storyline was the most boring. Which is kind of weird because her “finding herself” trajectory should have been right up my alley. But it was handled oddly. I found her interaction with her first boyfriend whiney heading into self-centered. So I wasn’t getting that she’d been the giver in that relationship (though she says she was in this last episode). Which means I wasn’t that interested in her subsequent journey of self-discovery. (Girl who’d been all-about-me, continuing to be all-about-me, just doesn’t scream excitement.) Though Woo-young made for a sweet guide. Still, on the whole… *yawn*
Tae-joon and Se-ryung… I guess those two crazy kids are going to make it? We stayed at a fairly distant arm’s length from those two. I still don’t understand what Se-ryung saw in him. Tae-joon was an adorable little robot — but that’s down more to Namgung Min than the character as written. I wish we’d seen more about why he was into Se-ryung, why his feelings for her scared him so much.
And I wish we’d gotten a little more in-depth on the friendship between Joo-yeon and Se-ryung. Again, they weren’t friends until suddenly they were and I didn’t fully understand what changed. (Min-jung, I suppose. But… was that seriously all it took?) I don’t know I was just expecting something more… cathartic. Though I do like that Se-ryung was there when Joo-yeon was dithering over telling Wan her true feelings. It was nice to see Joo-yeon getting some friendly support.
Wan and Joo-yeon were utterly adorable, of course. I loved that confessing her love to Wan was more difficult than breaking up with Tae-joon. Because of course opening herself up was harder than closing herself off. And it was very cute how Wan was so many steps ahead of her, and yet had to struggle to remain at a distance and let her come to him. And I loved his little sigh when he realized they were going to have a lot fights in the future. (Which I actually don’t believe because this world is so practically perfect in every way. It’s going to be daisies and kittens from here to eternity with those two.)
So the ending was sweetness and adorableness squared. And I’m sure I’ll forget about it in a few days. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — not every story has to be deep and meaningful — but… I do wish they’d managed to give us more meat. This might be a blogging effect though. It’s possible that, because I live-watched and therefore wrote a reaction post each week, I’ve given this drama far more attention than it can bear, or even wanted. Something to think about…