New drama time!
Oh My Ghost ended so I needed a new drama to fill the void. As I generally like tvN Fri-Sat dramas, there was no way I wasn’t going to give its replacement a shot. Do I like it? The jury is still out.
Twenty Again is a about a woman, Ha No Ra, whose life was interrupted in high school. She finally gets to pick it up from where she left off.
For starters, the premise works for me. I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past that Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a favorite of mine. I love stories about past loves reconnecting and people getting a second chance at life, love etc etc. Although I get the feeling that here, Cha Hyun Suk’s feelings were unrequited and his romance with her was largely in his head.
I liked this actor’s brief scenes in Producer so I hope we get tons of flashbacks.
I’m really looking forward to Ha No Ra’s coming-of-age story,. She was a spunky, fiery teen who grew up to be a mousy woman. It’s understandable because she gave up her life at a young age to start a family with someone who probably only married her to avoid the shame of fathering a child out of wedlock.
Despite playing a part in cutting short her education, he grows tired of her and falls for her antithesis – an educated, worldly, sophisticated woman.
And of course, since everyone and their mama needs to be connected to one university, her husband’s new woman happens to be professor teaching a marriage class of all things. I’ll just let the irony sink in.
Am I the only person sick of Woo Chul?
I’m sure he also felt trapped by the pregnancy as exhibited in his insistence that they break up once their child was in college. What I hate is how he talks down to her like she is an assistant and not a partner. And I bet that at one point, he benefited from keeping her sheltered and ignorant. His mistreatment of her has the desired effect of making us root again their marriage but it’s still annoying. But I find it a little funny that he’s faithful and not cheating on his girlfriend with his wife. LOL
38 is not 78 so I think it’s unrealistic for No Ra to be incredibly ignorant about technology but when I remember that she quit school in junior high and probably never worked outside of her home, it kind of makes sense. She also owns no personal computer and I think her husband didn’t let her use his so there’s a huge world out there she’s unaware of.
Her son is rude and unappreciative but I don’t blame him because he probably takes his cues from his dad.
What’s with his romance, though? I’m assuming there’s a point but right now, I find it distracting and a complete waste of time. We barely know him, we don’t know her and they’ve already tossed a bunch of angst into their relationship. I doubt there’s anyone watching who cares that he fell asleep during their date as there was no build up.
I get the need to start with discord in order to grow into harmony but the college kids arc is irritating. I realize that they are taking creative license but I think it’s a bit unrealistic to portray the students being incredibly rude to No Ra based on her age. Her numerous questions can be annoying and I bet the student in the marriage class would have preferred a younger teammate but still, it’s over the top. I would have preferred that they just make feel lonely and out of place without having the students be incredibly rude and cruel. That would still allow for the arc of them growing to like her.
As for Cha Hyun Suk, he’s very childish which I attribute to his still being mentally stuck in high school. I just hope that he’s had romantic relationships since then because I find it incredibly unrealistic for such an attractive, accomplished guy to be so hung up on a woman who’s been married for 20 years that he’s had no relationships. As it stands, I already find it ridiculous that he’s still mad over whatever he thinks happened in the past.
It’s fair to say that my enjoyment of this show will weigh heavily on how well written No Ra’s growth arc is. I want a funny, moving story of how she gets stronger and becomes her own woman. Plus I really need a great romance with Cha Hyun Suk.
No Ra’s mistaken cancer diagnosis and her divorce spurred her into attending college. However, it was hinted that she’s got a doctor’s appointment coming up. Will the mistake be cleared up then?
The cliche storyline would have have her discover the truth at like Episode 12, right after she’s fallen for Hyun Suk and her husband’s begging her to return to him so I’d like something different. Let her learn the truth early so impending death is no longer the reason she decides to throw caution to the wind and live for herself.
Am I the only one who can’t help but notice the age difference between Choi Ji Woo and Lee Sang Yoon? I wish they’d made her a noona instead of a classmate.
Anyway, there’s still a lot of potential with this drama so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and hope it only gets better from here.