Three Korean dramas were published on Netflix in one week in February, leaving K-dramas fans spoiled for choice. Two of the series were released on the same day. The problem was deciding which one to take first. While Son Ye-jin celebrated friendship in Thirty-Nine, Nam Joo-hyuk and Kim Tae-wholesome-sounding ri’s fencing drama felt like a solid bet as well. Forecasting Love and Weather with Song Kang and Park Min-young, on the other hand, was my first option. The show’s posters and teasers were creating a lot of buzz, thanks to its impressive ensemble, not to mention the fact that I adored the lead couple. Office romances, when done well, have a certain freshness to them, especially when Park Min-young is involved.
My romantic instincts were still healing from Song Kang’s most recent program, Nevertheless, in which he played Ja-eon, an enigmatic, non-committal, and broody figure caught between desire and love — an unusual concept for a K-drama. Park Min-young is always a delight, fiery and dependable. I figured that because both protagonists had an exceptional ability to create chemistry with all of their co-stars, this couldn’t possibly be a bad choice. I was all ready for a full-fledged emotional workplace romance set in a weather forecasting firm.
There are still two episodes remaining, but I don’t hold out much hope until they pull off a great miracle that pulls the season out of its present rut and absolves the program of its heinous squandering of two tremendous talents. Of course, I’ll watch the final two episodes to see if they can save the program.
Meet Jin Ha-kyung (Min-young), a lady committed to the cause of weather who is also dealing with heartache after discovering her fiancé having an affair with another woman. Life is a game, and his new flame turns out to be the ex-girlfriend of Si-woo (Song Kang), who works at the same weather forecasting organisation as she does. Sparks flare between Ha-kyung and Si-woo in the second episode, and after much deliberation, they decide to date covertly. That, of course, will not go well.
The love tale between Ha-lone kyung’s neighbor and her sister—dubbed the ‘Penguin’ coupling by the fandom—is the show’s sole nice, wholesome narrative. That’s a narrative I’d want to see unfold further. Kim Mi-yung plays a desi mother who is striving to have her daughters married. These instances, though, are rare and far between.
If you’re still interested in seeing the program, it’s available on Netflix. But, instead, follow my suggestion and watch Twenty-Five-Twenty-One.