Love Alarm S2 (2021)

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Drama: Love Alarm Season 2 (좋아하면 울리는 시즌 2)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: March 12, 2021

Plot:

Main Cast:
Kim So Hyun – Kim Jojo
Song Kang – Hwang Sun-oh
Jung Garam – Lee Hyeyoung
Go Minsi – Park Gulmi
Kim Si Eun – Yukjo
Ki Do Hoon – Brian Chon

Review:
Link to my Season 1 review: http://kdramadreaming.com/2019/12/21/love-alarm-s1-2019/


I really wanted Jojo to be with Sunoh in S1 but after watching S2 eps 1-4, I actually felt relieved that Jojo chose Hyeyoung and Sunoh had the closure he wanted (and free from toxic Jojo!! Yehey!!).

There are Different Kinds of Love
I think Jojo made the right choice to choose Hyeyoung. They are both boring and simple (which is not bad) and they worked well as a couple. I felt like that Sunoh was made to look pathetic, stalking Jojo like Hyeyoung did in S1 so I really felt bad for Sunoh and thought he deserved so much better than that. And I felt it was unfair that Jojo never gave him the same chance she gave Hyeyoung.

That shield. It was because of me. To hide your feelings for me. You installed in as you pleased, and hid it as you pleased. You didn’t even give me time to prepare. Look into your heart properly now. I won’t let you go now without understanding why.”

episode 4, Sunoh confronting Jojo

Love is Timing
The story didn’t start from the end of S1 where they all met at the conference, so it felt like a huge chunk of time went by and we didn’t know what happened in between. Suddenly Jojo and Hyeyoung were a couple (bf/gf) and not just “dating”. I mean, Sunoh didn’t have a fighting chance since Hyeyoung has been there for Jojo for so many years and at Jojo’s point where she was ready to let go of the past and move forward. Sunoh’s time has passed.

Did you ever regret installing the shield?

I regretted it every second. But still I think I’d install it again. I learned a lot through that choice. So even if I were to go back in time, I’d install the shield again, regret it again and be hurt again. I’m sorry.

episode 6, Jojo finally apologizing to Sunoh and getting closure

Passionate Love vs Steady Love
From Ep 1-4, it felt like Jojo was forcing herself to love Hyeyoung out of pity. And everyone was so obsessed with ringing each other’s alarm. Jojo eventually fell in love with a nice guy like Hyeyoung. It may not have been the passionate love at first sight kind of love that she experienced with Sunoh, but it’s also a valid and very real kind of love.

When you came to my school, all I could think about was Hyeyoung. Even when that video went viral, the old me would have only thought of running away. But back then, I could only think about how hurt Hyeyoung must be and I knew I had to go to him. That was all I could think about.

episode 4, Jojo finally showing her true feelings

You Can’t Force a Person to Fall In Love With You
On the other hand, I felt bad for Yukjo. Unlike Hyeyoung, she didn’t “get” the guy she wanted. This drama showed that Jojo slowly fell in love with Hyeyoung through his consistent efforts but it may not always work for everyone. Yukjo is such a nice girl and girlfriend, yet despite her efforts, Sunoh still didn’t love her. I did like the open ending where Sunoh told Yukjo that he will make effort too until he rings her bell. Again, it goes back to having the free will and decision to love a person and not putting so much attention on an app.

I actually liked Gulmi here. She probably had the most character growth (although she didn’t really change that much). Lol I didn’t make sense.

The morale of the story didnt really had an impact to me because even though they talked about timing and volition, their actions didnt match the lesson.

Rating: 6/10

Homemade Love Story Eps. 13-24

Refer to this link for thoughts on episodes 1-12: https://kdramadreaming.com/2020/12/19/homemade-love-story-2020-eps-1-12/

The Woo family – Jung Ho is still a jerk, Jae Hee is so angry at his father, and Min Jae wants to get a divorce.

Koala and Headbutt continues to be so adorable together! and both are starting to fall in love. Naro is still a pain in the a$$. Like how can he compare to the handsome, smart and sweet Jae Hee??

Man Jeong and Hwak Se’s love story is starting and I’m 100% all for it!

Again, Hae Deun and Rahoon are not given enough screentime and story but that’s fine, I’m sure we will have more scenes in the next part of the story.

Right now i’m staying for Jae Hee and Bit Chae Woon cute moments 🙂

Homemade Love Story (2020) Eps. 1-12

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Drama: Homemade Love Story / Oh! Samgwangvilla (오! 삼광빌라)
Network: KBS2
Release Date: September 19, 2020 – 2021
Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 19:55

Plot
This is a weekend drama about the residents of Samgwang Villa – the mother and her 3 adopted children, her sister and various people coming in and out of the villa.

Main Cast
Jin Ki Joo – Lee Bit Chae Won
Lee Jang Woo – Woo Jae Hee
Jeon In Hwa – Lee Sun Jeong
Bona – Lee Hae Deun
Ryeo Un – Lee Ra Hoon
Jung Bo Sook – Woo Jung Hoo
Jin Kyung – Jung Min Jae
Hwang Shin Hye – Kim Jung Won
Han Bo Reum – Jang Seo Ah
Kim Sun Young – Lee Man Jeong
In Gyo Jin – Kim Hwak Se
Jeon Sung Woo – Hwang Na Ro
Kim Si Eun – Cha Ba Reun
Eom Hyo Seop – Park Pil Hong
Dong Ha – Jang Jun Ha

Review (Episodes 1-12)
This is a long weekend so thought I’d share my thoughts and favorite scenes and characters by parts.

Definitely my character is Lee Bit Chae Woon. I love Jin Ki Joo’s super cute smile and tough character. Although sometimes she is frustratingly stubborn, I can understand why. She has a big heart and feels responsible for everyone in the family as the first born. And Sun Jeong raised her well to become a good person.

Of course, Koala and Headbutt/Moong are my favorite couple! From the very start, they had this instant connection/chemistry and just understood each other. And Chae Woon is awesome and warm, no wonder Jae Hee fell for her. I mean, if you compare Chae Woon to the very manipulative and bratty Seo Ah, it’s no contest, Chae Woon is so much better (and low maintenance) compared to Seo Ah.

The main conflict/storyline is that Sun Jeong “kidnapped” Bit Chae Woon from her real birth mother, who seems to be her old friend, Jung Won, who thought her daughter is dead. And since this is a kdrama, Bit Chae Woon ends up working at Jung Won’s fashion company and they hit it off well, which makes Sun Jeong very anxious. What will happen once they all find out the truth? I’m thinking stubborn Chae Woon will have a major meltdown soon!

Right now, I’m torn between the 2 mothers – Sun Jeong is super nice, but she’s too nice and hides a secret from Chae Woon. She took someone else’s daughter and is still being selfish not telling the daughter the truth. Jung Won is the real victim here, but sometimes I hate when she is in work mode – she is a boss b*tch, no wonder Seo ah is so bratty. But when Jung Won is with Chae Woon, she seems nice, and she deserves to find her daughter.

My second favorite couple is Man Jeong and Hwak Se!! They’re so cute together!! Man Jeong has her bad luck in meeting men. Hwak Se may not be handsome or rich like her exes, but he is a good man and very sweet, which is the perfect foil for the prickly doctor.

The character I’m most looking forward to see some growth by the end of this drama is Jae Hee’s father, Woo Jung Ho. The actor made him so awful to everyone around him and it will be fun seeing him change for the better. I also love Min Jae but I hope she will find a better man who will love her for who she is because she deserves to be first and not second best. and I’m also looking forward to Jae Hee’s having a close relationship with his dad.

The story mostly focuses on Bit Chae Woon and not much on her two siblings – Hae Deun and Rahoon. Right now, I don’t really like Hae Deun – she is a spoiled brat who dreams of being a Kpop idol but is not good at it. She is whiny and insecure, and is very different from Bit Chae Woon. I also hope she reaches her dream by the end of this drama – probably not as a Kpop idol but something else that she will be passionate about.

As for Rahoon – everyone thinks he is a student at a university but he is really working as a delivery guy. I was scared that Rahoon and Hae Deun will have a love line because of their chemistry together, but i remembered this is a family drama so it won’t happen. Instead, we get Rahoon being chased/stalked by a pretty girl – and I currently dont like her!! I hope she will have a better back story but Rahoon is a nice guy to fall for a bad girl.

The character that i thoroughly dislike (aside from Seo ah) is Naro!!! Yuck!!! I dont know what kind of havoc he will cause, but I dont like him and I wish he disappears. and I hope he is not the loveline for Bona!!!

So far, not a bad show, sometimes it reminds me of My Golden Life especially the part of the switched daughters, with one daughter from a poor family finding out she is actually from a rich family. But that’s the only similarity, since the main ML and FL are so different. I also like the story of the older couples – Sun Jeong, Jung Won, Jung Ho and Min Jae.