Genre: Drama, School, Family
Broadcast Network: MBC
Air time: Wednesday/Thursday
Kim Hee Sun as Jo Kang Ja
Ji Hyun Woo as Park No Ah
Kim Yoo Jung as Oh Ah Ran
Oh Ah Ran is a high-schooler who sticks up for her bullied friend and becomes the victim of bullying herself. Jo Kang Ja is her mom, a former Busan bad-ass who got pregnant in her teens and raised her daughter as a single mom. When Mom hears about the bullying that's going on in her daughter's school, she takes matters into her own hands and goes undercover as a high school student to fix the problem.
I have quickly fallen in love with this drama. Despite what the first trailer may imply this show is definitely not a comedy. I was actually really surprised when I watched the first episode by how serious the show actually was. It is another very deceiving trailer. I guess you can get from the synopsis that the shows major conflict is going to be bullying and how big of a problem it is within the school systems in South Korea. And I guess from that I should have known it was going to be serious, but I just wasn't prepared for this show. But I am glad that this show is choosing to go down a darker road because this is a very serious subject that they obviously want to shed light on.
One thing I love about the show is the relationships it illustrates, particularly the one between Kang Ja and her daughter Ah Ran. It isn't a perfect mother-daughter relationship, in fact it's actually really broken and dysfunctional. Because they are starting this point I am excited to see how their relationship grows throughout the drama. I think we will get to see a ton of character growth between these two and I can't wait to see how they come together and realize that they do truly love each other. It's interesting that the official synopsis for the show describes her as a single mom when in the drama she is actually married. Not the the father of her daughter, which is a totally different issue that is hinted at in the second episode, but to a man who is really the worst and an even worse mother-in-law. Even though she is technically married she is still very much raising her daughter alone which really makes her a single mom in my eyes.
I was at first skeptical of the choice for the lead actress because the only thing I have ever seen her in was Faith which is not my favorite drama in the world. But I was completely wrong to have any doubt about Kim Hee Sun because, so far, she is doing a fantastic job. She has a lot of emotion in this role and I truly believe that she is a worried mother fighting to help her daughter get through some extremely traumatic events. All she wants is to be there for her daughter and it hurts her to feel like she can't do anything about the situation. Hee Sun is really great for this part and I look forward to seeing where she takes the character. Plus I can actually sort of believe that she is a high-schooler. She looks fantastic and it isn't too far of a stretch to believe this woman could be passed off as a 19 year old.
All the other characters in the show have intrigued me but haven't completely pulled me in, particularly Ji Hyun Woo's character. I just don't like the hyper innocent school teacher who is completely oblivious to the things going on around him. I have not lost hope in his character yet and I believe that, hopefully, he will go through some nice character archs that will fill out his character a little bit.
Overall I am extremely satisfied with the first few episodes of this drama. I honestly can't believe that it is only in it's second week because I feel like we've seen so much already. I love that this drama is taking a darker route and is really taking its subject matter seriously. If she show keeps going on like this it is going to be a stellar drama!