Warning: Possible Spoiler Alert!!!
It’s Okay, That’s Love is one of the best dramas I have seen for a while. It surpassed the stereotypes of a typical K-Drama and was one of the most realistic dramas I have ever seen. I rate this drama ten out of ten for its realism, character development, plot and use of real life issues, such as mental health and sexual relations that are usually deemed as taboo in the drama world.
For a basic synopsis of the plot: Jang Jae Yeol is a famous writer and radio DJ with a dark history of familial abuse. When his father was killed, Jang Jae Yeol and his mother framed his older brother, Jang Jae Bum, for the crime. This led to Jae Bum’s eternal hatred of his family and an excessive amount of guilt within Jae Yeol, which in turn affected his mental stability. Jang Jae Yeol meets a hospital psychiatrist named Ji Hae Soo who is also facing her own problems such as fear of intimacy and an adulterous mother, who is taking care of her handicapped father. It is inevitable that these two characters fall in love, but the unique issues that these characters face make this relationship much more dynamic than a typical K-drama relationship.
Even the minor characters experienced their own problems. For example, Soo Kwang and his battle with the Tourette Syndrome and his relationship problems with troublemaker So Nyeo; Dong Min and his problems with his ex-wife and we even get to follow along with some of the stories of the patients at the hospital. Each story interweaves with the other and helps create a more stable and diverse plot.
As I previously mentioned, mental illness and disabilities are topics that are unexplored in and outside the drama world. Many people consider it to be a very sensitive topic and because of that not many people are knowledgeable about mental disabilities and what people with these disabilities experience. This drama had a good grasp on the topic and portrayed it well through Soo Kwang’s Tourette Syndrome, Jae Yeol’s and Hye-Jin’s schizophrenia and even Hae Soo’s fear of intimacy due to her mother’s actions.
I also liked the fact that the plot was consistent. No new conflicts were introduced in the latter half in the drama. The problems that were introduced at the beginning of the drama were solved (or implied that they were solved) at the end of the last episode. There was a great flow in the plot and there were not any unnecessary inserts to build up suspense. It was a really easy-going show.
There is so much more I can say about the drama, but I try not to give away too many spoilers during my reviews. Especially when I want my readers to watch the drama. This is a drama I would definitely recommend, especially if you have grown weary of the standard Korean drama format and plot. I really hope to see more dramas like this in the future. I think I like this genre of drama a lot more than the typical romance/gender-bender/historical/action-type drama. This drama is rated high among my favorite dramas of all time!