After a series of encounters in Spain, a modern-day mermaid (Jun Ji Hyun) follows her love, Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), to Seoul to reunite with him. Unaware that she’s a mermaid, he is intrigued by the peculiar girl and names her Shim Chung. Despite traveling miles to be with him, the innocent Shim Chung is unaware that Joon Jae is skilled conman. He works with Jo Nam Doo (Lee Hee Joon), a veteran conman who taught Joon Jae the trade, and Tae Oh (Shin Won Ho), an expert hacker.
Go Ha Jin (IU), a girl from the present day, gets transported back to the Goryeo dynasty and must live there as a noblewoman known as Hae Soo. She gets caught up in the political strife of the Wang princes during the beginnings of the Goryeo dynasty and the reign of the King Taejo (Jo Min Ki). Hae Soo comes to rely on the strong, levelheaded Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul), the 8th prince and her brother-in-law. She also meets the savagely hostile Wang So (Lee Jun Ki), the 4th prince. Based on her knowledge of Goryeo history, Hae Soo knows that a bloody fate awaits the princes who are in line for the throne and realizes that her actions could change their destiny.
Even though we only had one episode Moon Lovers that aired last week, I have to admit that it didn’t bother me as much. While I completely relished the fact that 3 episodes aired in the first week, there was something about the fact that each week ended with an odd numbered episode that kept throwing me off. Like I missed watching an episode by the time Monday rolled around. Anyways, even though we only had one episode last week, it was jammed packed with a lot of drama and romance.
I realize that Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds is making a killing in the ratings but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I encourage you to watch Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. I am enjoying both dramas but I have to admit that I’m loving the complicated characters of Moon Lovers, especially Wang So (Lee Jun Ki).
Set in 1988, Answer Me 1988 is a family drama about five families living on the same street in Ssangmundong in Northern Seoul. Like the previous AnswerMe series, the story focuses on childhood friends who grow up together.
Sung Duk Seon (Lee Hye Ri) is the middle child in her family who isn’t as smart as her older sister but is vivacious and caring. Living upstairs from her is Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Joon Yeol) who is smart but nicknamed “Dog” for his prickly attitude. Nicknamed Doryeongnyong (Salamander), Ryu Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi) is often known as the neighborhood counselor. Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) is a genius at playing Go and plays professionally but is an idiot when it comes to everything else. The most normal out of the group is Sung Sun Woo (Go Kyung Pyo) who is smart, caring and devoted to his mom and his younger sister.
What was particularly different about this edition of the Answer Me series is that many of the stories focused on the family and the community. This format is based on the popular MBC family drama of the time, Three Families Under One Roof (한지붕세가족), that ran for 8 years in the late 80’s until the early 90’s. I actually don’t remember this drama myself but I do know that a lot of the actors that were in are still acting today. You can’t really have a great family drama without a great cast and I think what is so endearing about this cast is how great they were in assimilating into their characters that appeared on screen. I was so moved by the characters because they not only felt so familiar and real but they each portrayed multi-layer of emotions from comic to heartfelt.
Jang Jae Yul (Jo In Sung) is a popular mystery writer and radio DJ. Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) is a psychiatrist at a University Hospital. The two first meet through a TV debate program but their relationship sets off on the wrong foot. As they grow to like each other, they discover they must overcome various obstacles like their neuroses, anxiety and mental issues.
I would say that this drama is a difficult one to describe off the bat. I can’t really do a proper review without disclosing some spoilers but there are a lot of layers to uncover here. Yes, the drama deals with mental issues; and yes, the drama takes liberties with psychiatry and its treatment but there’s more than meets the eye for this drama.
So the cat is finally out of the bag. Last week on It’s Okay, It’s Love, we left off with Jo Dong Min (Sung Dong Il) and Lee Young Jin (Jin Kyung) about to tell Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) about Jang Jae Yul’s (Jo In Sung) schizophrenia.
And slowly, all the characters learn about Jae Yul’s condition.