“Dare To Love Me” Episodes 1 And 2 Review

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A new Kim Myungsoo and Lee Yoo Young drama is here! KBS has premiered its newest series “Dare To Love Me,” let us talk about it!

Note: this article is a first-impression review, it doesn’t mean this is the writer’s final thoughts on the drama. This is a spoiler review.

The pairing of Kim Myungsoo and Lee Yoo Young is intriguing on its own and the drama’s plot adds to it. So, its about a man who sort of still lives those historical kdrama vibes in the modern times, which is both admirable and sort of absurd. I don’t know if in reality, this thing actually exists, but its definitely intriguing as a setting. I’ve never seen such a type of kdrama, we’ve seen time slips focusing on similar settings but never one in modern times completely.

So, the male character is basically very traditional and a sort of stickler to handling things as traditionally as possible. [i.e. for example, thinking of teachers as extremely honorable characters that almost should be revered] This can make for a very frustrating character to deal with in real life as evident by how he charms but frustrates Kim Hong-Do at the same time.

On one hand, he wears his traditional attire and attitude with bride and on another, he also sort of tries to box his surroundings to fit the definition of what his life is too, which makes for a very odd characterization, I’ll tell you that. [example: the club scene where he misinterpreted a slang word and tries to reinterpret it in a way that sort of fit what the type of life he leads]  

I am puzzled by the characterization, as I’d think this might work for a character in a time-slip, but even if you lived life sheltered to think a specific way, if you’d venture out on your own or studied in a traditional real-life setting or schools [like he did], you’d quickly be able to pick up on why people see you differently.  

By this, I don’t mean he’s wrong or should change, I am just pointing it out because I find it interesting.

For a premiere, “Dare To Love Me” was a mixed bag, the 1st episode was a bit rough but the 2nd one is much better. The biggest draw is Shin Yoon-Bok, for sure, but I also started to sympathize with Kim Hong-Do, a lot. Lee Yoo-Young really gives 110% and I enjoyed her on screen a lot.

It’s a standard story on her character’s part, I am sure she’ll grow stronger in time and be able to achieve her dreams of working with Camille and also kick those ungrateful bosses to the bucket, not to forget that horrible gaslighting ex.

“Dare To Love Me” will be 16 episodes… which is… a choice…. let us see if it goes well or not. I struggle to see how this premise needs 16 hours to be explored but I might be wrong. The screenwriter behind this drama only has one other credit to their name, a drama aired in 2014.

If I know something, Myungsoo chooses interesting projects for the most part, hopefully, I’ll see exactly why he was drawn to this project down the line as more episodes air.

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By Jass K.

Hi, I am Jass k. I discuss some of the hottest currently airing kdramas on this site in form of reviews an/or recaps, join me in the discussion~

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