Currently watching ~ The Time we Were not In Love ~
It has been a busy period in dramaland. Too many releases both in Japan and South Korea and so little time for the dramalovers. That is why in such a world you have to pick wise, which drama is gonna be your next. I personally have my eyes on “Death Note”, “Scholar who walks the night”, “Oh my ghost” (that Kwon wrote about it) “High Society”, “Orange Marmalade” (which will be over soon) and “The Time We Were Not In Love”.In this world full of dramas, like I previous said, “The Time We Were Not In Love” might have not been the best choice and I’ll be explaining my thoughts.
I’ve seen many works of Ha Ji Won and really like her as an actress, she was the reason I started this drama. If it was not for her maybe I wouldn’t have noticed it at all. Many people already knew about it, because of the Taiwanese series “In Time with You”, the drama is based on. I haven’t watched the Taiwanese version so I don’t have an opinion about it. But for the Koreans to make a drama based on it, the drama must have been a success.
The production of the korean drama has been through changes in directors and screen writers. Is that the reason the drama is not doing well? Well surely changing such important members must have had an impact on the drama.
The plot is an easy going one, about two friends that have been together since school. Choi Won (Lee Jin Wook) has been in love with Oh Ha Na (Ha Ji Won), but has never confessed his love throughout the years. It seems like Oh Ha Na after a troubled dating life at the age of 34 is starting to realise, that maybe her best friend is the most suitable partner for her in life. I have seen the most simple plots become a masterpiece in the hands of korean writers, but that was the result of amazing characters that I think this drama is lacking of.
Oh Ha Na is a very plain character, but not plain meaning good here. She is 34 years old has a good job, lives with her parents and has been through many break ups. She easily falls for the wrong guys and her life pretty much revolves around Choi Won. They talk on the phone day and night and they always do things together. That is why, its a bit stupid how a woman hasn’t realized the love of a guy, that its obvious at many points. When they were at school, I get it for her not be aware for his feelings. But it has been so many years. I wont talk about how when you spend so much time with a male friend you tend to develop feelings about him, but from what I’ve witnessed in life this happens more from the male’s side, like Choi Won.
Choi Won is a fly attendant, his character is pretty plain too. He is all about Oh Ha Na, which sometimes turns out to be annoying. Despite his big love throughout the years he has never managed to confess. I have to say Lee Jin Wook’s face is very unique and more suitable for melodramas, although he did well in “I need romance 2”, where his character was very suitable for his physique.
The point is both Oh Ha Na and Choi Won is nothing interesting and when the drama is all about them, then that is a problem. I don’t think the actors don’t try their best but the writing doesn’t help.
I find my self being more interested in the second leads, the famous pianist Chae Seo Hoo (Yoon Gyun Sang), Choi Won’s coworker Lee So Eun (Choo Soo Hyun) and Ki Sung Jae (L).
I don’t know many things about Cha Seo Hoo yet but, the mystery he has around him makes me wait for the scenes with him, so I can escape the boredom of the other ones. Lee So Eun is a nice girl, she is plain too ( I definetly don’t mean it for her looks ), but her determination for Choi Won’s love and her positivity makes the good plane. I sometimes root for her and prefer the ship between her and Choi Won, like I prefer Oh Ha Na with Chae Seo Hoo.
The development is another important falling of the drama. Six episodes have passed and we are still in the beginning, except of Chae Seo Hoo’s appearance and Oh Ha Na slightly realising she has feeling for Choi Won. To put it simple all we have between the main leads is them spending time together, have thoughts on each other that never reveal, judging each other’s love interests, flashbacks, fights but they always end up together because they only have each other. For me at this point the drama irritates me, the same way like a conversation with my friend on the phone that keeps on whining about things he/she will never change as much advise as I give them.
I would say, we should wait , but six episodes are already enough and with the problems in the production, I don’t see this drama changing anytime soon.
If I didn’t have my drama ocd for finishing everything I start, I might have already dropped it, but for now I’ll keep watching, probably I’ll skip many parts.
What are your thoughts on “The Time We Were Not In Love”?
p.s I forgot to say I’m pretty annoyed with Choi Won’s character for going out with Lee So Eun, when he realises her feeling and he knows that he gonna end up ignoring her for Oh Hana.