If you are looking for a new Korean drama to watch, I would like to recommend It’s Okay, That’s Love. It has been two weeks since the show started. Because only four episodes have been aired, it might be too soon to determine the overall quality of the production, but the introduction has been engaging enough to warrant further viewing.
If the star-studded cast has not enticed you yet, consider the story and the visual aesthetics. A popular author of mystery novels and a psychiatrist, all with their own histories of emotional trauma come to live together, inviting the viewer to come along as they face their problems and discover love. Apart from the two main characters, there are also others, also with their own share of frustrations and quirks, who are making the show awfully enjoyable to watch.
The fact that this drama is written by Noh Hee-kyung should be noted. She is a preeminent television writer with a strong fanbase. She began her career when her script for a one-episode drama Seri and Suzi was selected for MBC’s Best Theatre in 1996. Since then, she has written for numerous shows, some of which K-drama fans will easily recognize. Her most recent work is That Winter, The Wind Blows. Although I am not too familiar with her because I have only watched one of her dramas, I recall well how much I appreciated Goodbye Solo for it carefully illuminated the difficult lives that people must deal with and how they come to coexist with those wounds without the fictitious magic so rampant in many Korean dramas.
It’s Okay, That’s Love seems to be another version of that story of both unusual and ordinary people coming to understand each other, but it does feel different in that the overall tone is brighter. I also think there is more humor this time. I mentioned the visual aesthetics earlier. The bright, optimistic atmosphere emanates from the literal emphasis on pretty colors. Consider the characters’ wardrobe, interior decorations of their homes, and the melodic background music. Also, keep in mind those delightful smiles of D.O.! On a different note, the word sex pops up several times in the first few episodes – even though the Korean society has changed drastically, it feels strange to be able to hear that word spoken so nonchalantly on a mini-series television drama. I don’t recall hearing that word on television when I was was a teen. Things must be different now.
I read today that Noh has already finished writing the scripts. 12 episodes remain. If you have time and want to start a new drama, this is something.