JTBC’s drama “When The Weather Is Fine” began airing a couple of weeks ago, it was described as ‘healing drama.’ It boasts a stellar cast of established and rising actors so expectations were high.
JTBC has been on a roll in 2020, so far, some of my favorite dramas of this year aired on this channel, they usually choose interesting projects that might not seem easy to pull off but they make them work. So I had faith in the network, Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon. But as you can guess from the title, it didn’t turn out too well for me.
I’ve seen the 6 episodes that aired so far. Initially, I was going to wait for two more episodes because that’s how I usually review kdramas, half-way and when it’s complete. But honestly I don’t know if I want to waste two more hours before I write my thoughts about “When The Weather Is Fine,” nor do I think that the drama will drastically change by the next episodes.
So today, I decided to discuss my thoughts on “When the Weather Is Fine” based on the 6 episodes I saw so far. I wanna stress these are my thoughts on the drama, if you can’t handle opinions that differs from yours, then you know what to do it 😉
Note: spoilers of episode 1 to 6. If you want to know if you should watch, please skip to the conclusion part.
The script is boring
I like healing kdramas. In fact, if you keep up with my blog, then you already know I featured a lot of them and I speak highly of them. The right healing drama is truly a wonderful experience.
I know the pacing for healing dramas tends to be slower but it doesn’t make it any less eventful. Healing dramas usually deal with heavy subjects in a special way, while they might be considered ‘slow,’ the editing style and writing style is done with so much care and love that you can’t help but get immersed in the atmosphere. I couldn’t feel that with “When The Weather Is Fine.”
I am not here to say that “When The Weather Is Fine” is NOT a healing drama because that definition is subjective and will naturally differ from one person to the other, as long as the drama provides healing for you, then it is a healing drama in your perspective, however, it’s not in mine.
“When The Weather Is Fine” main plot idea is nothing special, the sub-plots are also nothing special either. There is nothing interesting about it. This is the type of script that is best suited for a movie not a 16-episode drama.
In fact, “When the Weather Is Fine” reminds me of a movie called “Little Forest” by the talented Kim Tae Ri. It’s also about a woman who is tired of city life so she moves back to her hometown to her longtime friends, a man, and a woman. She heals through food and nature. She also develops a romantic relationship with the town’s nice-boy who also happens to be her longtime friend. He also had a crush on her. The plots are similar.
Slow-paced dramas tend to have an urging issue to deal with but there is nothing there with “When the Weather Is Fine,” there is nothing of substance to resolve. There is no issue.
It’s just a bunch of people going about their day. They’re normal people like us with their own emotional baggage but not interesting enough to warrant an entire 16-episode drama.
If we take a look at the past 6 episodes, I can sum each episode ideas in one sentence, we spend 1 hour circulating around those minimal ideas spaced out with calming music and outstanding aesthetic.
Mok Hye Won is sad; Mok Hye Won keeps taking glances at Im Eun Seob. Im Eun Seob is acting cute and awkward around Mok Hye Won. Mok Hye Won has beef with Kim Bo Young who wants to become friends again but she says no. They’re just average issues we all have with our daily lives but not as interesting when told to other people over and over again.
During the drama, it was revealed that Mok Hye Won’s mother killed their father and was sent to jail. But it’s told in such an uninteresting way that it almost felt as if it didn’t matter. “When the Weather Is Fine” doesn’t feel warm to me and when I am about to warm up, the boring atmosphere takes me out of it.
I found “When the Weather Is Fine” very difficult to get through even though I love Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon. I don’t know if I would have lasted 1 episode if the leads were different. I want to ask you guys, would you have stuck around if it weren’t for these two actors?
The characters are boring
I find Lee Jae Wook’s character to be the most vibrant and fun of them all and he is made to be the life of the party. There is no other character that intrigues me as much as he does and that’s an issue for me. I don’t find myself invested in Mok Hye Won and the story revolves around her. I find her a boring character.
Im Eun Seob is probably one of my favorite male lead kdrama characters ever; he’s so nice and warm-hearted, not without his set of insecurities but still very charming and pure. However, he’s also not interesting enough; I don’t feel the urge to keep watching him. He’s an eye-candy, who wouldn’t agree, but the way the script revolves around his character is just boring, it makes him look even duller.
There are many kdramas that focus on characters similar to the description of them both but in this case, the plot and editing are not doing them a favor.
I’ve seen almost all of Park Min Young dramas because I am a huge fan and I’ve seen all of Seo Kang Joon dramas. “When the Weather Is Fine” is the most boring project they’ve both chosen, in my opinion, hence the title of this article.
Park Min Young does well with romance, comedy, action and any other genre. Even if her dramas tend to lose their momentum around their 7th to 8th episode, they usually have a fun/interesting/intriguing idea behind them which serves as a purpose.
Seo Kang Joon’s choices are either a miss or a hit to me but I respect him a lot for not choosing to rely heavily on his looks, instead, he chose to walk the difficult path proving his acting skills up against some of the biggest Korean actors. I respect actors who gamble and try to portray different types of characters that go against what the ‘norm’ extremely handsome Korean actor would do.
This is why I am surprised by Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon’s choices here.
Do they have chemistry?
When you see Park Min Young with Ji Chang Wook, Kim Jae Wook or Park Seo Joon, you can see sparks fly.
Now compare that to her chemistry with Seo Kang Joon…. I don’t feel that spark with Seo Kang Joon. Some say their age gap is too big and I can certainly feel it, Park Min Young looks her age in this drama, she’s 34 years old and I can definitely tell. He looks his age as well, 28 years old. It’s not that big of a gap but I can feel it.
It’s been a while since Park Min Young was paired with such a young actor; I think it’s been 5 years. I prefer her chemistry with male co-stars around her age.
I’m gonna be honest with you, while I do believe that Seo Kang Joon has great acting skills, I never once felt he had great chemistry with any female actress he’s been paired with. He is okay with everybody but never as good as some of my favorite on-screen couple pairs.
While I don’t think they’re terrible together because I was focusing on how boring the plot was, I don’t think they make the cutest couple either. They’re just ok.
“When the Weather Is Fine” is not a terrible drama but it’s not great either. I had higher expectations and thought the plot would be better, I think my high expectations led to this disappointment. It had some fun heart-fluttering moments that were followed by serious downs, so I was never able to immerse myself into it as much as I had hoped to.
Still, I think everyone is doing a great job acting-wise. There are some great characters in this drama most notably, Lee Jae Wook and Seo Kang Joon characters, but they’re not enough for me to keep watching.
I still do recommend this drama to everyone who likes any of the actors involved in this production. Also, if you like slow-paced dramas you’ll probably enjoy this one. This is the type of drama older kdrama audience would enjoy or anyone who’s overwhelmed with life and its responsibilities, it offers a relaxing escape from the hectic buzzing environment some of us have. It might not be my cup of tea, but I do know that a lot of you will like it.
Of course, this is a review of episodes 1 to 6, so things can change with “When the Weather Is Fine,” but I most likely drop out and I thought this was the time to write the review because otherwise, I would never do it.
So these are my thoughts on “When the Weather Is Fine.” What do you guys think of them? Do you agree with me or disagree with me? I’d like to hear what you think in the comment section below.