I’m really excited about this drama and I’ve only seen the first two episodes! There are a good number of reasons for this, but simply put, I think that this is going to be a great example of how good actors and writers can tackle a difficult subject and not only make it entertaining but also perhaps change the minds and perspectives of those people who are watching it.
It may or may not come as a surprise to you, but Korea isn’t really well known for its psychiatric and psychological field. As a teacher I’ve certainly encountered students over the years with mental health issues, and most of the time I truly believe they weren’t getting the help that they needed. While I’m no expert, growing up I had a lot of friends (and even ex-boyfriends) who had issues such as Tourette’s, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, and the like. Needless to say, I’m really touchy when it comes to how these are represented in the media. All too often they give mental health issues a bad light or are unrealistically represented. Korea is also sadly, not always the most sensitive when it comes to people who are “different” and there has been a lot of huge controversy for example on their use of “blackface” in television. But, I’m happy to say that in the first two episodes that I saw I was seriously impressed! Particularly I was impressed with the representation of Tourette’s. Again, it was a bit extreme as on a regular basis the two dear people to me that had it were so controlled that mostly they lived with just minor tics and not full body/speech attacks, but they did happen occasionally. I’m just impressed that the guy who’s representing it, while a comedian, is not going overboard, but is really showing that despite a few issues here and there that his character is a NORMAL person who works hard, has friends, can get girls and all that jazz. So yes, this is one big area that makes me super happy and I look forward to seeing more of – and hope that it doesn’t regress. Keep it real drama writers!
Also, I’m really happy with the casting. Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin make a great match with fantastic acting chemistry. They’re both just so experienced and play their characters flawlessly. They may not be the youngest actors in Kdrama land but I really don’t care. This one is going to be so well executed that it will be reminiscent of Master’s Sun but with less ghosts, more crazy and if the posters and trailers are any indication maybe even more smexy? Ahh I could go on and on about this drama despite having only seen the first two eps. But I’d rather hear about what you guys think.
What is your first impression of It’s Okay It’s Love?
Happy Drama Watching everyone!!!
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