Season 2 was definitely grander than season 1 but was easier to identify the fake. I got 10 out of 14 correct which isn’t bad since I barely got anything right in season 1. I wish they spice up season 3 because although I enjoy all the food episodes, the style of the fakeness are the same. For the non food, the concepts are also the same, about predicting the future or about their personalities. The additional twists were also good, esp episode 1 with Hong Seok Cheon and Chef Lee Yeon Bok. I liked the concept of the final episode where there are several fakes they have to choose from which threw them off.
The guests were also better in season 2. They were more chatty and “game” because they are fans of season 1. I particulaly liked the episode 4 (with Ha Seok Jin), episode 8 (with Kim Sung Cheol), episode 10 (with Nam Jihyun and Chae Jong Hyeop), and episode 12 (with Lee Sangyi). Special mention to episode 11 with Gray and Loco and the second place where they all cried after giving reassuring words to each other. Maybe because I had a super stressful week that time and watching the episode at 12midnight I also started crying when I heard them say to each other, “You did well!”
I loved Jessi in season 1, but here in season 2, Mijoo was the break out star!! She is naturally funny not afraid to look ugly to be funny. She may also look and sound dumb sometimes but she is very good at explaining things that’s why her team wins the games. Oh Nara also started going crazy in the latter half and it was great seeing her really have fun and play with the others. Sang Yeob too, loved the loveline between him and Jessi, he was awkward at first but later on he also started playing along.
Profile: Drama: Nevertheless (알고있지만) Network: JTBC Episodes: 10 Release Date: June 19 – August 21, 2021 Runtime: Saturday 23:00 Language: Korean Country: South Korea
Plot A girl who just got out of a bad relationship meets two guys who like her. One is a playboy she can’t resist, the other is a childhood friend who is in love with her. Which guy will she choose?
Main Cast Han So Hee – Yoo Nabi Song Kang – Park Jae Eun Chae Jong Hyeop – Yang Do Hyeok Yang Hye Ji – Oh Bit Na Kim Min Gwi – Nam Kyu Hyun Lee Ho Jung – Yoon Sol Yoon Seo Ah – Seo Ji Wan
Review: I’m probably one of the minority who liked this drama and the ending. Give these kids a break. They are in college so they are still immature and bound to make mistakes. Heck, even mature adults tend to be foolish when it comes to love. And society has long dictated that everyone has to be in a relationship and get married or else you’re weird or pathetic. Not everyone wants to be in a relationship, the same way that not everyone wants to keep dating. To each his own. For me, what’s important is the couple has to communicate and be honest with each other with what they want. If you both agree to date with no labels, that’s fine. No one is a “playboy” or a “slut” just because they are dating or sleeping with someone with no labels.
I think the main problem with Jae Eon and Nabi’s relationship is not talking to each other. They both like each other, but rather than sit down and talk about it, they prefer to hide their feelings (Jae Eon) or push back then keep coming back (Nabi). They also didn’t trust each other. Had Jae Eon and Nabi had talked and trusted each other in the first place, we wouldn’t have a story. Maybe Nabi would have realized that Jae Eon was really sincere. Maybe Jae On would have realized he’s a fool to let her go. Maybe they continue with their relationship and then break up within the year. Or maybe they’ll last a few years.
Love is a gamble. Use both your head and your heart (not just one or the other). Whomever you choose, be ready to face the consequences. If you feel the relationship is not right or you made a wrong decision, be brave to get out of the relationship or yourself and your partner. I was actually fine with whoever Nabi chose to be with, whether it’s Do Hyeok or Jae Eon. Just like what the professor said. “Eat what you want. And do what you want to do. Like the people you like.” But i’ll add “As long as you’re not hurting anyone.”
Comparing between Do Hyeok and Jae Eon, I felt that Nabi has no romantic feelings for Do Hyeok. Some people are saying, Nabi doesn’t deserve Do Hyeok. Well, Nabi never liked him more than as a friend anyways. Likewise, just because Do Hyeok is nice doesn’t mean he has to get the girl. You can’t force feelings. Wouldn’t it be worse if Nabi accepted Do Hyeok even if she didn’t like him? It would be better to stay as friends. And both of them deserve to be happy with someone who loves them back.
A person can be super sweet in public but abusive in private. A bad person can also change with the right person. Let’s not make judgements based on rumors or what other people say. Interesting to me that Jae Eon is made to be a bad guy but why do Bitna, Sol, Jiwan encourage Nabi to go out with him? Either they know the real Jae Eon is nice or they are lousy friends. There was also this scene where the girl that Jae Eon dated was badmouthing or lying about him to her friends. I guess that’s where his reputation started. I wish we had more scenes showing Jae Eon’s point of view so we actually get to know him better and what he really feels. Most of the time, it’s one sided, we only hear Nabi’s thoughts, it was only in the last 2 episodes we hear Jae Eon’s thoughts about her. There seems to be a background story why Jae Eon refuses to be in a relationship. It’s probably because he grew up without a steady and loving relationship with his parents, that’s why he is cold and doesn’t let people in. Or he pushes back the minute he starts feeling something or the girl is becoming clingy.
This drama also made me realize that we as viewers (ranting on the internet) plus all of Nabi’s friends are commenting and gossiping too much on Nabi and Jae Eon’s relationship when we aren’t even part of the relationship! Just like how we do with our own friends, we meddle and gossip about other people. I realized we should all mind our own business coz we don’t know what’s happening between them. All we can do is give advice (if they need or want it) and support them.
The best character for me is Kyu Hyun. Probably the only mature one in the group. So I’m not happy he ended up with Bitna who seems really immature. This drama also hyped too much on Sol and Jiwan’s relationship. I wasn’t sure why. They didn’t really do anything but have misunderstandings all throughout the drama. And i didn’t like Jiwan. I don’t know if it’s the acting or that’s really the character, but her aegyo wasn’t cute, it was annoying. She looked so immature compared to the smart and sensible Sol. But i guess for these 2 couples opposites attract, and both seem happy so again, let’s mind our own business 🙂
The downsides of this drama are the too many references on butterfly. Like, okay I get it Nabi. butterfly tattoo, butterfly lighter, real butterflies in Jae Eon’s house, butterfly sculpture. Yeah Yeah. I honestly find butterflies creepy, because there’s this superstition that when you see butterfly (esp white or black), it means someone is going to die or someone dead is trying to make themselves felt.
Also, the second half dragged and the scenes and conflicts were repetitive. Push and pull. Argue, make up, fight. Okay maybe this really happens in reality. I know the feeling of being insecure or being in that ‘are we or aren’t we together’ phase and it is scary and uneasy feeling. So I totally felt for Nabi. The ‘I don’t like you but I can’t resist coming back’ is a feeling I know too much and trust me, it’s terrible and really difficult to cut off. But 10 episodes (already short in Kdrama standards) still felt too long considering the quality of the story. Maybe 8 would have made the story tighter. Or they could have explored Jae Eon’s pov more.
Lastly, I wanted to see everyone’s exhibition projects, not just Nabi’s and Sol’s.