One Ordinary Day (2021)

Drama: One Ordinary Day (어느날)
Network: Coupang Play
Episodes: 8
Release Date: November 27, 2021

Plot: A college student wakes up and finds the girl he spent the night with is dead.

Main Cast:
Cha Seung Won – Shin Joong Han
Kim Soo Hyun – Kim Hyun Soo
Kim Hong Fa – Park Sang Beom
Kim Shin Rok – Ahn Tae Hee

I almost missed watching this drama because it wasn’t hyped by people, but I’m glad I did because this was a great drama! I loved the transformation of Hyunsoo from being a naive college student to a man forced to grow up fast in order to survive. Hyunsoo didn’t say much throughout the drama but you can feel his desperation and loneliness though his eyes and his tears (although sometimes the crying was OA).

I love Shin Joong Han. He really tried his best to defend Hyunsoo, it’s just that police and prosecution already made up their minds and it’s hard to investigate all the possible suspects alone In just a short time. Still he was able to do it. Better late than never. I wish he finds a magic solution that will cure his atopic dermatitis!

I hated the prosecutor and chief of police! I know they really thought they had the right person and I’m glad they still had a conscience and let Hyunsoo go. What I didn’t like was they made it seem like they were the one who investigated and found the killer and didn’t even apologize to Hyunsoo. One got promoted, the other got an honorary retirement. How about Hyunsoo and his family? How can they move on after this? How about Joong Han who was the only one who believed in Hyunsoo and sought justice? He is still stuck in the same 3rd rate position (although I’m sure he will continue fighting for justice).

Do Ji Tae was such a memorable character! He was so hot lol and was almost like a mentor to Hyunsoo. The ongoing fight with Dooshik was repetitive but was shocked with what happened in the end!! I almost thought that Hyunsoo might takeover from Do Ji Tae and be the new lion of northern prison.

I didn’t watch the BBC drama so I don’t know how closely they followed it and if the ending is the same. I don’t think he jumped, I think he spent the day thinking about his life and what to do now. Can he resume being a normal college student? Did Do Ji Tae’s death left a big impression on him? Will he follow Joong Han and become a lawyer defending innocent people like him? The possibilities are endless. Again he didn’t speak much so we don’t really know what he’s thinking. I’d like to believe he will come out of this a better stronger person and less naive.

I saw that BBC had two seasons. Hope there will be S2 with Kim Yoo Jung (though not sure if she is really ready to do something different than her usual sageuks)!

Rating: 9/10

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Book Unboxing

I recently purchased the final It’s Okay to Not be Okay Children’s book called “Finding the Real Face” and Sang Tae’s Drawing Book! Check it out in my Youtube channel!

Slideshow of the book
Slideshow of the Drawing book
Full unboxing video

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020)

Drama: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay/ Psycho But It’s Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: June 20 – August 9, 2020
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Set in a psychiatric hospital about a children’s book writer meeting a caregiver and his brother.

Main Cast:
Kim Soo Hyun – Moon Gangtae
Seo Ye Ji – Ko Mun Young
Oh Jung Se – Moon Sangtae

The greatest part of this drama is the wonderful story about Sangtae and Gangtae, especially the fantastic performance of Oh Jung Se. I love the progress of the brothers (personal growth and their relationship with each other and the people around them) – from being bitter and holding past grudges, to letting it all out and starting to have honest conversations – to finally realizing they need to support each other, but at the same time, they can live separate lives. Sangtae belongs to Sangtae. Gangtae belongs to Gangtae.

More than the romance between Munyoung and Gangtae (which i didn’t really care for – i know how much their fans loved their chemistry together but it was not interesting to me), I loved how the three became their own family. How Munyoung learned to open up and start feeling for other people. I liked her when she’s being a badass for standing up to people or defending them, but I didn’t like when she was being obsessive (bordering on harrassment) to Gangtae, but I understand she has an illness and it will take time for her to heal (if that’s even possible).

There were a lot of characters in the drama, I particularly like Juri’s mom, Director Oh, CEO Lee and Jaesu. As for the rest, I didn’t really care for, so I thought there were lots of boring episodes and scenes that I fast forwarded some of them. The stories of the patients didn’t leave a last impression on me, except for the old guy and Kwak Dong Yeon’s cameo. They could have totally removed the patients’ stories and the drama can still survive. (Note: Chocolate had really good episodic patient stories that will make you bawl at the end of every episode).

Instead, I thought the secondary characters were underutilized. Juri and CEO Lee were relegated to a secondary love line when they could have better stories. Why is CEO Lee so invested in Munyoung? I wanted to hear more about his past and his struggles as a book publisher. Juri looks so nice and sweet on the outside but has an inner bitchiness that I also hoped will be explored, but she was just Munyoung’s childhood friend who got traumatized growing up. It also didn’t mention how Gangtae knew Juri.

Seungjae seemed more like a comic relief and didn’t really do much to add value to the story. I was interested in Jaesu and his story, which again was not explored. Why did he end up following the brother arounds and where does he get his money to be able to open his own businesses? Instead of exploring his story and potential growth, he only shows up to be Sangtae’s babysitter or when Gangtae needs a shoulder to cry on.

The drama also suffers from the terrible writing of Munyoung’s mom and what happened in the past. How did the brothers survive on their for 20 years? Where and when did they meet Jaesu? With both parents gone, who took care of Munyoung growing up?

Nurse Park turning out to be Munyoung’s mom (Do Hui Jae) doesn’t make sense at all. They teased this twist so much but ended in just 1 or 2 episodes without sufficient explanation on how she survived or the backstory why she turned psycho. Also, the reveal of younger Hui jae’s face was disappointing. For all the mystery about her face and the talk of Munyoung’s dad falling in love with her because of her beauty, I was expecting a super elegant and gorgeoud looking lady but she was not. She even looked older than the current Hui Jae.

Overall, I’m probably one of the few who didn’t like this drama as much as the others who were raving about this (even one month after the drama ended).

Rating: 8.5/10