“It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” First Episode Is Surprisingly Calm & Aesthetically Pleasing – Episode 1 Review And Recap

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“It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” has finally aired its first episode and reactions are overwhelming positive and for a good reason.

We have been waiting and waiting patiently for the new tvN drama, I had high expectations and they were mostly met, so let’s talk about “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” episode 1.




I think I am among the majority of fans who were super excited about the drama, the premiere of “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” gives fans what they wanted without being overwhelming.

“It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” episode 1 doesn’t try to overly impress you or through a bunch of cheap exposition in your face but takes a different calmer approach, and it does it well. The introduction to our characters was everything I could’ve asked for.

I wanted Kim Soo Hyun to play the underdog so badly and I’ve talked about it a lot previously on my blog. I didn’t want him to play this overly competent and confident nonexistent leading man but an actual human being and I am loving his character so far.

He’s nice, logical and patient. Just look at that face, how can you hate him? His eyes are so cute and I just want to give him a hug. I also like that the PD didn’t feel the need to make us feel overly sorry for his character by introducing weak scenarios to prove just how rough he has it in life.

I liked that “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” episode 1 focused on Seo Ye Ji’s character for the most part because she’s the one that has a lot to unpack. Seo Ye Ji plays her character well and is borderline freaky in a not-so-pleasant way. Apparently, her character went through some deep shit growing up which explains why the way she thinks is so derailed.

I enjoy powerful over-the-top female leads. Seo Ye Ji put a great spin on the character, she’s not trying too hard to prove to you how fucked up she is but it comes off naturally.

Seo Ye Ji is one of those actresses who are seriously underrated, she is a good actress but god damn it some of her projects can’t be defended. She now shares the same agency as Kim Soo Hyun and I am hoping that this drama will be her ticket to fame. Not many international fans know or care about her.




Plus, she has an amazing voice. Even Kim Soo Hyun couldn’t shut up about it during their recent press interviews.

Can we please take a moment to talk about the details of this drama? The animation?

I am a huge Tim Burton fan and the animation at the start of the drama surprised me by how well it was done, I would honestly love if the story they told was turned into a real cartoon, it’s actually good. I will also buy the books if they’re ever published. The children stories are actually interesting, a lot more than I thought they would be.

You can see that they put a lot of effort into the animation and it takes the majority of the budget for this episode. It was so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

From the style of the drama, I can easily tell the director is the same one for “Encounter.” Its calm in a way and that surprised me, I expected more flashy content. I can tell this drama will try its best to soothe aching hearts with its slow-pace.

There is one thing that annoyed me and I’ve noticed it a lot in other kdramas…. When will writers stop trying to link the two leads to their childhood past? How many times do we have to see it? it’s becoming seriously annoying and almost every single kdrama has this trope, the male and female lead used to know each other as children, some shit happened then and they’ve cut contact but reunited as adults. It’s so repetitive, lacks shock and is becoming seriously annoying to me.

There could be a trick there but the fact that they had the two leads have this type of connection disappoints me. I highly doubt writers will stop using this anytime soon.

Aside from that, “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” was a nice episode and very calming experience. I wouldn’t say I was surprised or blown away but I don’t think they aimed for that to begin with. They’ve already stated that they want people to heal with this drama; it’ll be very interesting to see how it pans out.

So what did you guys think of “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay” episode 1? Lets discuss in the comment section below!

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  1. It definitely felt like another level compared to the first episode of Backstreet Rookie which premiered the same weekend. However, after the very first episode, it seems like we already know everything what happened to Go Moon Young and Moon Kang Tae in the past, we know their stories and even their feelings towards each other. So I wonder what are we going to see during the next 7 weeks/14 episodes, what is still there to develop? I hope they will be able to maintain the level and the interest of the audience until the end.

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