I didn’t think I’d think as much of “Just Between Lovers” as I do. I dropped it for a while because it’s pretty heavy (not in a super dramatic way, just quiet and weighty). Over the entire series, but in the finale especially, there are some seriously good life lessons about topics I didn’t think were talked about in most Asian cultures…and I’m not sure if this show is just ahead of its time regarding Korean society but…just…I was pleasantly surprised. I want to watch it again to better organize my thoughts but I also don’t want to because I felt like parts of it were pretty raw, emotion-wise.
It’s not a perfect show. I definitely have certain issues with some plot and character points. But overall, I’m really impressed by how good the show is even though it deals with some really heavy stuff.
A couple of things that I appreciate were portrayed well:
1. found family (so many relationships)
2. the messiness and confusion of biological family relationships
3. friendships (same-sex and male-female)
4. adult portrayal of romantic rejection
5. noble idiocy that made sense psychologically
6. frank embarrassment but also sexual want from a female lead
7. variety of reactions to grief/trauma
8. enabling addiction as well as treatment
9. characters that are consistent but allowed to learn from their mistakes
10. different love languages
There’s more but ten is a nice round number and there are probably some I didn’t notice. Again, I feel like I should watch it again…