Just here to drop off quickly my thoughts about the show!
I am ADDICTED to this show – it brings a smile to my face and I actually find myself thinking about it even after the episode ends.
First off, I like it that the couple is natural and relatable. Their chemistry is on fire and their physical interactions are exactly how you would expect a normal couple to be. Sometimes i think Korean dramas try to ‘normalise’ their shows and show that koreans are exactly the same as everyone else, but end up over doing and spoiling the momentum. I’m not a person for bed scenes to prove that the leads love each other and here, even though we know that the couple is having a healthy dose of sex, the portrayal is classy and yet electrifying. For example, the first time they slept together, the focus was on the TV (LOVE that Singing in the Rain was chosen like whaaat) and you only see them taking off clothes (Joon Hee to be exact) and fidgeting under the blankets. The next time, it’s them with their clothes on but taking turns to be on top, smiling lovingly and then kissing the partner. We know what’s going to come, but it’s these moments that matter more to me – those quiet moments where you don’t say anything but simply look at your other half, which is why some dramas lose me when they start having bed scenes. In a sense, I think this drama has no less kissing scenes than any other American dramas I’ve watched, and yet this is more intimate and at the same time, conservative, and I admire this balance. American dramas are mostly passionate making-out (sorry if this is a generalisation!), but here, we are seeing really small kisses most of the time. I read comments noting that the actors must have had a serious relationship before to act this out, and I agree – they seem to bring some part of themselves into the show, which is why I think we all feel so attracted to this couple. Watching them reminds us of something, whether in the past or now.
The funniest thing is I watched the show thinking HEY I WANNA BE A NOONA TOO and googled Jung Hae In only to find out that he’s actually 30 in reality. Talk about baby face!!
I also love how passionately Joon Hee is throwing himself into this relationship and how the plot just culminates in him saying that he loves Jin Ah first. It wasn’t coming from a place of feeling possessive or being triggered; it was him seeing how much Jin Ah is struggling and those words truly came from his heart. Can I just admit that as I see how his eyes well up as he says those words, it oddly brings a tear (or two) to my eyes too? I’m going to also admit that I kinda wish the fiasco with the ex really culminates into something because omg, I’m really enjoying those quiet rages of Joon Hee. I usually abhor violence and I hate it in reality when people throw things or kick things out of anger, but somehow Jung Hae In just carries it off SO well. The way he doesn’t say anything and yet you can see just how the anger builds and boils silently inside him appeals to me – which is why I actually enjoyed the scene in the cafe where he was sweeping up the broken glass, the scene in the house where he wrecked the computer and finally, in the police station where he just hecks the world and hugs Jin Ah.
I also love how this show is different from all other noona-doongsaeng shows in that Jin Ah has absolutely no problem mixing in with his friends, although I would say kudos to his friends for being open as well! See how well the girls mix in the end? I think it’s because being with Joon Hee really makes Jin Ah comfortable and expresses her cool personality, something which Joon Hee already sees. And you know what, when Joon Hee says his friends’ girlfriends can’t even match up with Jin Ah, it is true – the elegance and maturity just puts her on another level.
I’m just a bit afraid of what the title Something In The Rain entails – is it going to be fleeting? I have this fear that the couple will separate and it’s because this relationship makes them a better person but they are not meant to be together (something like 500 days of Summer). It’s a tragic concept which I’m not against per se, but I hope it doesn’t happen here because the only thing that’s stopping them really isn’t the age but family and I’d think that it’s pretty uninspiring if they broke up just because of that. On being inspiring, I like the portrayal of gender issues in workplace and I really hope they develop it well.
This show doesn’t have a villain but I see it in the mum every time she talks. The script really feels so natural! We don’t need superpower mums who throw money at female leads to keep them away from their sons; I didn’t know until this show that a naggy mum who simply focuses on background and pities Joon Hee and his sister behind closed doors could be just as infuriating. I know she also comes from a place of love, but I truly wish that by the end of the drama, she will be changed as well – her words are really oppressing the entire family in different ways and it’s no wonder that every time she speaks, I feel so grumpy. I just want to skip to Joon Hee’s smiley face.
Enough praise about this show! Let me know your thoughts!
They got together way too early in the drama, plus so far the plot is taking place in 2015, right? So I’m expecting a separation. But then I do expect them to get back together. It feels a little like My Queen (Witch’s Romance in the kdrama remake) only he’s a lot older so the age-gap feels like more of a nonissue. Isn’t he supposed to be 31 and her 35? It feels silly, the worry about the age gap. I love the drama but I find the soundtrack a little odd – the slow-paced “sometimes it’s hard to be a woman” song doesn’t fit sometimes. But I’m very interested to see where the drama is going.
Yes agree with you on that – but somehow it still feels natural to me, maybe it’s because both of them are the kind that just throw themselves into the relationship (since they both clearly made that clear I just took that as kind of the context why they fell in love so quickly). I didn’t know this was in 2015! Must have missed that out, thank you for the info! I’m thinking if it could be an issue in Korea…? Because yes 31 and 35 really feels okay I mean look at Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo HAHA. Anyway I do think the bigger issue is that he’s her best friend’s brother rather than anything else; her colleague who is one year younger than them is also going for Joon Hee so I think that shows that age gap isn’t really a problem here. About the soundtrack, I think I was sold the moment they had a Buble (oops).
Oh man, now that you said this is in 2015, I’m wondering if they will separate in the next two episodes.
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I recently finished Father is Strange and there was a similar age gap (only he was older) but no one batted an eye at it. Except they had a lot of fun with the family dynamic shifting – since he was older, before they were dating he was the oldest and her siblings and their spouses spoke up to him. But the minute it was discovered they were dating, her siblings were gleeful that he was now considered down at her level and had to talk up to them instead.
It was funny but also a good reminder how structured their society can be. Joon Hee dating an older woman would probably make him equal to her level in regards to her brother which would be odd?
But, yes, this early in the drama I am definitely expecting a separation and then hopefully several episodes of them longing for each other and trying to work out their issues. I like the longing parts so I hope we get some of that. 😉
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As in the guy is older than the girl? (Sorry haven’t watched Father Is Strange, so have no clue to the plot!) With the new episodes, I think it’s clearer that the true issue is really family, since Jin Ah’s colleague also points out that there’s nothing wrong with dating a younger man. Episode 7 and 8 don’t seem to be heading for a separation just yet though, perhaps it will come in Episode 11/12 instead? If there’s no other conflict, truthfully it feels like the drama can wrap up by Episode 10 or 11.
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Love reading your reviews on Something in the Rain! Very spot on on how I feel about the show as well, especially with regard to the intimate display worth our having to take off their clothes (as opposed to American dramas) and the silent but built up anger seething within Joon Hee.
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Thank you for your kind comment!<3 I'm glad that I manage to articulate somewhat the feelings I had while watching the show! Haven't finished the series though because I was SO emotionally attached to the show at a point when I was too busy so I kinda pulled away. Will be getting back to it soon!
Hi. Am a little late joining your chat as I just discovered it. Loved your review esp. about how classy & tasty the love scenes has been for this show. Am equally addicted to the show & have been rewatching esp.episodes 4 under the table scene when Jin Ah made the 1st initiative to hint of her interest to Jung Hee & how they progressed.
I’ve completed the show-it’s definitely one of the best shows of 2018.The cast was exceptional, the chemistry of Jung Hee & Jin Ah felt so real & organic you want to root for them. i the dated soundtrack which does not gel with the hip coffee vibes & cast.I felt Jung Hee was more invested in the love than Jin Ah was. It was ironic that this show was about an older woman with a younger man.I felt the female lead acted more like an immature me/myself/I kind of personality in the relationship whereas the male lead was mature in handling the relationship like making time for her, suggesting they live together when the mum wanted her out of the house. She responded by renting out a place on her own, without talking out with him. Very uncool.There were alot of incidents that she did which was out of character for someone with her maturity.
The male lead Jung Hae-in is outstanding – he was a scene stealer in ‘While you were sleeping’ and ‘Prison Playbook’ despite having very strong main leads. I have to admit I loved the alpha male/boyish charm that he & Song Joong Ki exude in their characterisation. It’s spot on-always respectful to the ladies & non-offensive male chauvinism that is so lacking in some male actors.
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