Life is a maze filled with selections.
That is the takeaway from the primary two episodes of recent tvN drama, “Familiar Wife.” That, and you may’t go fallacious with a Ji Sung-led drama, amirite?
Warning: Major spoilers forward. Proceed with warning!
We get a telling perception into married couple Cha Joo Hyuk (Ji Sung) and Cha Woo Jin’s (Han Ji Min) household life early on within the first episode. With two very younger children, busy jobs, and no obvious assist system, the tasks and realities of maturity have taken a toll on their marriage. Joo Hyuk, who’s considerably naive, has the form of persona that has folks strolling over him. He finds himself drained and even afraid of his spouse, Woo Jin. In her protection, despite the fact that she comes throughout as demanding and with a mood, it’s debatable that these persona traits are the byproducts of a failing marriage.
We are additionally launched to Lee Hye Won (Kang Ha Na), Joo Hyuk’s past love (which ended earlier than it ever began). In a flashback, we see Joo Hyuk smitten with Hye Won the second he lays eyes on her, and goes out of his solution to get her consideration. One day, to his amazement, Hye Won invitations him to affix her at a cello recital. He readily agrees, promising to satisfy her that night time. On the bus experience over, nonetheless, he runs right into a pervert harassing a scholar, who’s none aside from Woo Jin. He stands up for her, however due to a detour to the police station, he misses his date with Hye Won. But it’s due to Joo Hyuk’s deed that Woo Jin falls for him, which begins their relationship collectively.
I completely guffawed on the “unnecessarily nosy” half!
Now, right here’s the place it will get attention-grabbing. This is definitely a time-travelling rom-com. A stranger provides Joo Hyuk two cash, each from the yr 2006. And when utilizing the cash at a toll, he all of a sudden finds himself again in 2006, on the very day that Hye Won asks him out, a.k.a. the day he first meets Woo Jin. When Joo Hyuk realizes the ability he holds, he decides to return again to that fateful day once more, and this time chooses to not rise up for Woo Jin (another person does), and as an alternative makes it to his date with Hye Won. This completely different alternative impacts his current life enormously, as we see him now waking up beside Hye Won, his spouse(!) on this altered time line!
It is on this back-and-forth-ing of this drama that we see the actors actually shine. Han Ji Min imbues student-Woo Jin with such allure, sparkle, and carefree-ness, she actually shines when she’s on display screen. But with adult-Woo Jin, that’s all stripped away, leaving her believably frazzled and overwhelmed by her circumstances. The distinction is so nice right here (in all sense of the phrase), that I felt like I might actually see the burden adult-Woo Jin was bearing, and that may be a testomony to Han Ji Min’s sturdy performing.
And talking of sturdy performing, my love for Ji Sung’s expertise isn’t any secret. (Get it, “Secret“?) He is as fantastic right here as you’ll count on him to be, and performs his character with such sincerity that despite the fact that he’s flawed, he stays charming. His comedic expertise additionally peek via, and little question will he have extra room to stretch his chops because the episodes progress.
Did anybody else get Yona flashbacks when Ji Sung pursed his lips? Anyone?
For this premise to work, each pairings needed to be plausible. It could be a nightmare to have to sit down via Joo Hyuk and Hye Won collectively for stretches of episodes if we couldn’t purchase into it. But we do! The chemistry is palpable with each pairings, and I’m not afraid to confess that I rooted for Hye Won and Jung Kook to pair up the second I noticed them work together. But then we noticed cute Woo Jin flirt up a storm with Joo Hyuk on the tutoring lesson, and I used to be torn! And although it’s secure to imagine Joo Hyuk and Woo Jin will discover their means again to one another, the chemistry between every pairing is what’s going to make for an attention-grabbing (and doubtless heartbreaking) experience.
And on the middle of all of it is the relatable storyline. The author for this drama additionally wrote “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” and “Oh My Ghostess,” each of which had been actually fulfilling. She’s in a position to stability the rom and the com with out it getting overly angsty, whereas additionally giving us these heat, intimate moments of character progress. And whereas the failure of marriage itself isn’t one thing everybody can relate to, there may be definitely nothing extra grounded in actual life than us questioning concerning the selections we’ve made and the rippling results they’ve had on our lives.
One small gripe I do have, is with the pacing of the primary episode. By halfway, I discovered myself checking to see the episode size, because it felt fairly lengthy. I really feel like by slicing the episode shorter by even 10 minutes, the story would’ve been extra succinct and well-paced. The second episode was shorter by such, and you could possibly really feel the distinction, particularly with the plot barreling all the way down to the massive reveal. So hopefully, the modifying can ship, and preserve the greatness going!
Overall, it is a drama that ought to positively be in your watch checklist! With a robust trio main the forged, colourful supporting characters (I can’t get sufficient of Woo Jin’s hunky colleague Yoon Jong Hoo, and might’t-be-bothered-with-anything Kim Hwan, performed by Jang Seung Jo and VIXX’s N respectively), and the totally relatable plot, this drama will certainly heat our hearts whereas concurrently breaking them!
Catch episode 1 of “Familiar Wife”:
On a scale of 1 to 10, how a lot did you benefit from the premier of “Familiar Wife”? Or in case you haven’t began watching…why not?! And what do we predict triggers Joo Hyuk to return to the current? Also, with him utilizing up each cash, how will he return to the previous once more? Share your theories and feedback beneath!
Belinda_C vowed to look at this based mostly simply on it starring Ji Sung. She didn’t even hassle to test what the premise was about, so she was pleasantly intrigued. She’s additionally excited past phrases to look at Shinhwa on “2 Days & 1 Night“.
Currently watching: “Familiar Wife”
All-time favourite: “Kill Me Heal Me”
Looking ahead to: “Dear Husband of 100 Days” (with D.O.!)