Something in the Rain, Episode 4 [DROPPED]

You’d think that, in 2018, a show wouldn’t ask us to accept a man as a romantic lead if he would angrily ask his brand-new girlfriend if she liked it when her ex-boyfriend assaulted her. The ex chased her into the kitchen, shoved her against the counter/wall, kissed her against her will, and only stopped when she managed to break away and spray cream in his face, which blinded him and startled him enough that he paused.

Joon-hee found Jin-ah in the wreckage of the store, surrounded by broken glass, and he fucking asked her if she liked it because apparently what matters to him after hearing Jin-ah’s horrifying story is his feelings. No lackluster, one-sentence apologies can ever fix that.

So it should come as no surprise to my long-time readers that I’m dropping this show. I didn’t even bother to finish the episode, because let’s be frank—how can I trust this show to handle the other sexism/misogyny plotline that’s in full swing in Jin-ah’s office after hearing Joon-hee victim blame the woman he supposedly loves? How can this show make me forget that Joon-hee’s reaction to Jin-ah’s assault was to ask her if she liked it?

It can’t. Goodbye, show. You were cute for about thirty seconds, and now I need to forget I was ever excited to watch you.

Something in the Rain, Episode 3

TL;DR:  There are some great things in this episode, and there are some that  do not please me at all.

I am over Kyu-min. To be fair, pretty much everyone else in this show is over him, too, with the exception of Kyu-min and Jin-ah’s mother (more on that later). He was tiresome in the last episode when he (mistakenly) believed that mutual cheating balanced out and that meant he and Jin-ah could get back together; he is especially tiresome now that he’s hunting down Jin-ah’s friends to complain about the blow to his ego. Continue reading “Something in the Rain, Episode 3”

Something in the Rain, Episode 2

TL;DR:  Things got really awkward, really fast.

I am extremely unhappy that Kyu-min continues to lurk around in this story, but I’m hoping he gets the final boot in the next episode. His pathetic attempts to get Jin-ah back after cheating on her would be laughable if only he didn’t believe that she had cheated on him, too. It is very important to me that everyone significant (her parents and brother) walks away from this awkward evening understanding that Jin-ah didn’t cheat because she didn’t. She went along with Joon-hee’s rescue outside the office because it got her out of the first awkward confrontation with Kyu-min. Any feelings that might be developing? Happened after the breakup, which means she’s got a clear conscience while Kyu-min is still filth. Continue reading “Something in the Rain, Episode 2”

Something in the Rain, Episode 1

TL;DR:  If we don’t have some commentary on corporate drinking culture during this drama, I’ll be disappointed.

After waiting for an eternity, I was finally able to start Something in the Rain/Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food. (It’s up in its entirety on DramaFever and Netflix, in case you’re searching for it.) It’s a relief that, after all that waiting, the first episode was a solid introduction to the characters, their world, and the possible conflicts that are in their futures. And on a meta level, it was nice to be dropped back into Ahn Pan-seok’s familiar directing style and his penchant for reusing actors as secondary characters. Continue reading “Something in the Rain, Episode 1”

4 Hopes for Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food

So, even though it still doesn’t look like there’s a legal way for me to watch this show, I’m going to be bitter post my hopes for it anyway. I have been dying to watch it ever since it was first announced because I absolutely adored the cinematography in Secret Love Affair and Heard It Through the Grapevine. Plus, the premise speaks to the core of my soul. In any case, here are four hopes I have:

  1. Joon-hee respects Jin-ah as much as he has feelings for her. Look, nothing ruins a noona romance faster for me than when the guy is arrogant or stomps all over the lady’s boundaries. *snarls at I Need Romance 3* Basically the shy/eager vibe he projected in the teasers? I need that, always, coupled with him listening to her and not thinking he knows best because he’s the dude. She’s got several years of life experience on him, so don’t just dismiss her because she doesn’t think/feel/say what he wants her to.
  2. Joon-hee defends Jin-ah should anyone make “too old”-esque comments in his presence. Again, this boils down to respect. Perhaps the second-fastest way for me to sour on a romance is if the guy won’t stick up for his love interest in front of his friends/peers/family. With Joon-hee’s experience abroad and white-collar career, I can just imagine the kind of snobbery that could be lobbed Jin-ah’s way. If anyone dares to imply that he could “do better” than Jin-ah, then I want him to shut that down immediately.
  3. Jin-ah has a life outside Joon-hee. She built a life without him in it, and I want that life to continue existing even after he shows up. I want other people and things to continue to be important to Jin-ah because a romantic relationship isn’t the end-all, be-all of a person. Yes, Jin-ah, get swept off your feet, but remember in the morning that you’ve got a life to live that isn’t centered on Joon-hee.
  4. Jin-ah and Kyung-sun have a great friendship. Things can be a bit awkward after the initial what do you mean you like my little brother shock, but I want their friendship to survive and thrive even if romantic feelings are brewing between Jin-ah and Joon-hee. I need more female friendships, please!

Will you be watching the show? What are your hopes for it?