So I finished “Something in the Rain,” and sadly for me, regardless of the size and content of certain dramas, the formula will always equal pi.
Don’t get me wrong, I mostly enjoyed the two leads together, except for a few unnerving, unnecessary moments. They seemed to really enjoy each other as they fell in love, and like couples who can’t enough of each other during the honeymoon stage, their appeal was satisfying on many levels. But the repetition of parental interference, coworker angst, relationships put through needless tests, and that ever present “time apart-separation” thing turns me off to some extent.
I’ve taken breaks many times for that purpose alone, but the formula remains like a ghost with no eternity to escape to. It’s become a bit like telenovelas, only shorter.
Not exactly sure what drew me to this drama… I do like Son Ye Jin. I think she’s very pretty and I’ve liked her overall persona in previous dramas that I’ve seen her in. Jung Hae In, her male lead, I’m unfamiliar with, but I like him so far. She’s a supervisor at a coffee company, and he’s the younger brother of her best friend. He’s just returned to Seoul (I guess it’s a Seoul) after being in America for the past 3 yrs perfecting his craft— whatever that is—- haven’t figured it out yet. She just got dumped by her boyfriend of a year, and is pretty bummed of course. The ex is a real jerk who was cheating on her with another “younger” girl. Our heroine is 35 yrs old and the pressure to get married is, of course, at an all time high— especially from her Mother.
It’s clear she and the hero of this story have a good relationship. I’m sure he was like a younger brother of “sorts” to her, because she was very happy to see him upon his return. It’s obvious to me that he’s probably always had a “thing” for her, but would never act on it—- at least before he left.
There’s the typical office stuff going on, jealousy, backstabbing, men who rule the roost simply because they are men. Our heroine currently lets these “freely touchy” guys take liberties and say things that we would’ve punched them in the face for, but I know, I know — the culture and the respect your elder thing is something that they live for in these Kdramas.
I already really like the leads together, so while the other hijinks will definitely make my blood boil to an extent, I’m going to enjoy these two.
Where do I begin??? LOL
Full disclosure, I started watching this one with an automatic predisposition to dislike Jung Hae In, and this of course was totally unfair, I know, but he has such a strong resemblance to Park Shi Hoo that I couldn’t shake the feeling. You know that I was never a fan before but since his scandal even more so. I can’t watch any of his dramas without thinking of his taking advantage of a drunken girl, and I’m surprised that he’s doing so well right now, considering how huge and unpleasant the scandal was but these are different times I guess… Careers have been ruined for less. Anyway, everyone deserves a second chance, but I just can’t make myself give it. I’m terrible I admit! Maybe one day I’ll get over it.
Back to my review. So it is with pleasure that I say that Jung Hae In definitely grew on me and I really enjoyed his performance and I’m happy about that. Having said that, though I think they had good chemistry, I just never saw them as a real couple for some reason. Even when they were frolicking around (and boy does this director enjoy concentrating on that!!) I felt at times that there was too much inequality for them to qualify as such and it impacted on my enjoyment. Was it their supposed age gap? Was it their past relationship? Maybe a bit of both.
It was a drama of highs and lows, and the more it progressed the more it sunk and the ending episodes were a bit of a challenge (ironically they were much longer than the rest!!) For me it ended on a disappointing note and I think the writers definitely dropped the ball on this. This drama presented us with a number of issues and there was scope to address them. Some, like the workplace issues, did reach a realistic resolution but other just as important issues were left unresolved.
There were a few instances where I felt really angry at the heroine’s behaviour too which didn’t help at all, though it made her very human as well so I will give her some credit. I suppose you could say that at least I wasn’t bored, LOL, but I was frustrated and is that any better?
I fell in love with one of the side characters (who played his sister) and thought she was very well written and portrayed and could have taught a thing or two to our girl. Overall I don’t regret watching it because I’m pleased I had a chance to get to appreciate this actor but I just wish he was given a better story!