Neoneun Naeui Bom: You Are My Spring
August 26, 2021 3:44 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe
A hotel concierge and a psychiatrist with traumatic childhoods form a heartfelt bond when they become entangled in a perplexing local murder case.
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This show just finished up its Netflix/broadcast premiere run. I was surprised to see TVLine doing recaps - it's such an odd duck tonally that I don't know that I'd recommend it to anyone who wasn't already a kdrama fan.
I wasn't sure what to make of it at the start -- the tonal shifts between the cute romance storyline and the thriller/mystery subplot were so extreme and the mystery was so confusing, even by episode 8 or 10 I was telling my bestie that I still had no idea what to make of it. In the end, I still don't think the show was entirely satisfying - some of the ensemble characters' subplots seem to have gotten abandoned along the way, not sure if that was intentional or they just ran out of time. The resolution of the mystery is likewise a bit unsatisfying, but I do think that was more intentional -- there were actions set in motion that had consequences that cannot be undone, so the audience is left with the same lack of closure as the character.
Overall, I did like this one. I don't think I've seen the lead male Kim Dong Wook in anything else and he didn't particularly wow me in this one, but I loved Seo Hyun Jin in 'Oh Hae Young Again/Another Miss Oh' and thought she was great here too. And the whole subplot with Joo Young Do's actress ex-wife and her show-within-a-show and her secret romance with the kpop idol were fun. And there were a lot of good moments for all the ensemble. You just have to kind of give up on making sense of the murder-mystery for a good while and get used to the tonal shifts between the two genres that have been Frankensteined together though; once I stopped trying to understand what was going on and just waited to see if it would make sense later, it was fine.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:32 AM on August 26, 2021