Netflix, You’re Killing Me – First Impressions of February 2022 Releases

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When I read about these shows back in December 2021, I was worried they wouldn’t be made available for North American audiences until after I have read all of the spoilers online, like Snowdrop. Thanks, Disney Plus for releasing it in North America after all of the social media spoilers! To my pleasant and overwhelming surprise, these were released in the span of two weeks!

Twenty Five Twenty One

Starring: Kim Tae Ri, Nam Joo Hyuk, Bona

This show is set in the late nineties and Hee Do (Kim Tae Ri) is an aspiring fencing champion in high school and Yi Jin (Nam Joo Hyuk) is a man in his twenties working part-time jobs after his father’s business went bankrupt. The first few episodes take place during the IMF crisis in Korea. Hee Do transfer schools because the fencing program at her school was canceled. Yi Jin’s family dispersed and all live separately and went from riches to rags in a second.

I love how Kim Tae Ri portrays an immature high school student with a very narrow view of the world. She goes from playing a badass captain in Space Sweepers and undercover freedom fighter in Mr. Sunshine and can still play this loveable yet cringe immature high school student. Her mother is a news anchor for a national broadcaster and is seemingly unaffected by the IMF crisis. Nam Joo Hyuk plays his usual sweet broken down puppy dog character he usually does so well. He is trying to survive after the collapse of his family’s wealth. The two main characters have very different experiences of the IMF crisis. The IMF crisis broke Yi Jin’s hopes and dreams while helping Hee Do achieve hers.

So far, so good. I have been telling all of my friends to watch this one. It is sweet and funny. Also, who doesn’t love a good retro love story? Out of the Netflix KDramas that came out in February, this one is my favorite.

Forecasting Love and Weather

Starring: Park Min Young and Song Kang

Ha Kyung (Park Min Young) is a career woman and quickly becomes promoted to the director when her current director resigned. Right before she was promoted, she caught her fiancé’s butt ass naked with the anchorwoman at the weather channel, in their bed! Lee Shi Woo (Song Kang) is our sweet little puppy in this office noona romance.

I was initially really annoyed with this show. I hate how they made Ha Kyung look like the villain when she was the one who was cheated on and the homewrecker and asshole were completely unscathed by the affair and got married and lived happily ever after. Like come on, this is 2022. I stopped after 10 minutes of episode two because it made me so angry. Why do writers do this?

Park Min Young with all of her charm and charisma and my love for all of her previous work forced my hand to finish episode 2 and I’m glad I did. There was one scene where Ha Kyung told off her ex in front of the entire office and I felt so good. She humiliated him in front of everyone. This scene changed the pace and direction of the show for me and makes me want to continue watching it.

Also, this show has some hot kissing scenes. Hopefully, this will keep going. Keep it sexy Min Young, keep it sexy.

Thirty-Nine

Staring: Son Ye Jin, Jun Mi Do, and Kim Ji Hyun

This show is about three women who spent the last twenty years by each other’s side and grew up together. Mi Jo (Son Ye Jin) is a dermatologist who is looking to take a year off to learn golf in the US. Chang Yeong (Jun Mi Do, Song Ah from Hospital Playlist) is an acting coach who has been dating a married man for the last 10 years. Ju Hee (Kim Ji Hyun), works for a Skinceuticals counter at a department store, drinks beers in bed to fall asleep while watching Run-On. Their world gets flipped upside down when one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The three of them work together to make sure they have the best time.

I always love a good girlfriend show. I love seeing women come together and make each other’s lives better. Mi Jo, Chan Yeong, and Ju Hee are so different but complement each other perfectly. I initially thought this show would be light and funny but it is more touching and heartwarming. None of them are married or have any kids. This is not typical of South Korean women and this show finally makes room for adults who choose to stay single in their late 30s. These women are set in their careers, confident, and are in pain after a night of drinking. They day drink and go to the spa for fun. This show makes me feel so seen! I will continue to watch this one.

A Business Proposal

Staring: Kim Se Jung, Ahn Hyo Seop, Kim Min Kyu, and Seol In Ah

Kang Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop) is a young CEO of a large company that he inherited from his grandfather. His grandfather’s wish is for him to get married and experience what familial love is and sets him up on a blind date with Jin Young Seo (Seol In Ah) but she sends in her friend, Shin Ha Ri (Kim Se Jeong) to completely mess up the blind date so her parents would stop attempting to marry her off. Ha Ri goes on the date and realizes that Tae Moo is the CEO of the company that she works for. She did everything that men despise, yet Tae Moo still wants to marry her. She messed that up!

All KDrama lovers love a good rom-com but what sets them apart from the rest? There are so many romantic Kdramas with all the same tropes and similar plots. For me, I need to love the characters. After the first episode, the characters are very much likable. Ha Ri played by Kim Se Jeong is likable and her bestie is also awesome. Tae Moo is giving off those Park Seo Joon Secretary Kim vibes and I’m interested to see how his character develops. Of course, Kim Min Kyu’s dimples have a huge impact on my decision to watch this show. He’s so damn cute. All these hottie dongsaengs are going to make this show awesome.

Juvenile Justice

Starring: Kim Hye Soo, Kim Moo Yul, and Lee Jung Eun

Sim Eun Seok (Kim Hye Soo) is a senior judge in the juvenile court and she hates young offenders. The show goes through different cases involving juvenile offenders. All 10 episodes were released on the same day. Judge Sim works with Cha Tae Joo (Kim Moo Yeul) a soft-hearted judge who always wants to give the juvenile offenders the benefit of the doubt. Their boss Kang Won Joon (Lee Sung Min) is a hothead and always worried about the image of their district, especially since he is being considered as a nominee for a political position. The three of them work together on these cases. The first case was a murder of an 8-year-old child by another minor.

Kim Hye Soo never fails to bring the intensity when it’s needed. I needed this dark intense drama with some serious unnie vibes. As much as I love a good love story, after so much sweetness, my teeth hurt. I needed some saltiness to balance the sweet and this show was perfect for some relief. They go through different cases of young offenders and how they deal with them. It deals with the ugly side of childhood. I appreciate how the show captures how some teens just do not care without any sugar-coating, yet still maintain some empathy as to why they break laws. During the first episode, I was worried they would make young offenders look like complete monsters. This show definitely worth watching.

Enjoy and let me know which ones are your favorite!

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