—————————————– Thoughts by Andrea Edelen —————————————–
I wanted to say thank you for asking me to contribute my thoughts for episode 4 of Love Rain. This is the first drama starring our beloved Prince we are watching together as a community which makes it extra special in my heart. I’ve been avoiding reading other’s comments about this episode so my own thoughts and feelings aren’t influenced so please forgive me if I’ve been silent up to this point. Despite my bias, I really tried to keep an open mind and did my best to stay objective to the drama as a whole.
(The following begins my thoughts)
One of the first things that struck me throughout the 70s era episodes is how earthy and genuine all the characters and scenery is. The colors and the mood reminded me of the old 70s movies and television programs I used to watch when I was a child. At times the film was almost fuzzy as if it were actually filmed in the 70s which gave the first 4 episodes authenticity. While the 70s era is full of rich earth tones I feel that the modern era will be full of bright vivid colors.
From the first episode I have become emotionally invested in all the characters of this drama. They are so complex and unique with their own motivations that it is difficult to pinpoint a true antagonist. In Ha and Yoon Hee didn’t mean to fall in love. Their friends didn’t deliberately set out to separate them. They simply fall in love and in their love for each other they found that they were hurting the people that were closest to them. In the end, circumstances separated them which brings us to the next generation. However, although the love story is a significant part of the 70s era, I believe that these first 4 episodes are more about the theme of friendship and forgiveness. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” is never truer than with this group of friends because their friendship is deeper than the betrayal and hurt that they unintentionally inflict on each other. What is more important is their friendships and their willingness to overcome their conflict.
I love the innocence of In Ha and Yoon Hee and the way in which they can simply enjoy each other’s company without any grand gestures. The scene where they dance outside the church was sweetly poignant. Sadly, their joy in each other is short lived when the consequences of their innocent actions hit home when faced with dealing with Dong Wook’s feelings of betrayal and hurt. What I find particularly telling about the closeness of these friends is their willingness to face their feelings instead of avoiding them. In Ha’s friends could have easily have ostracized him but instead confront him with how they feel. He allows them to take their anger and frustration out of him. He knows he’s hurt his friends but he can’t fight how he feels. The other friends, Chang Mo and In Sook, are conflicted as well because not only do they love In Ha but they also love the friends, Dong Wook and Hye Jung, who were hurt by In Ha. As a result of one of the confrontations a few secrets were revealed such as In Ha’s possession of the diary and Hye Jung’s true feelings for In Ha.
The strength of these friendships allows them to overcome their hurt and as a result when In Ha is faced with losing Yoon Hee his friends are there to support him. Their friendship allows them to understand his feelings and help him. They put aside their hurt feelings and are there for each other. In the end, they care enough for him to let him know what really happened to Yoon Hee.
Episode 4 was quite emotional at times, especially the scenes between In Ha and Yoon Hee when he’s trying to explain why he kept the diary as well as the scene when he seeks her out in her hometown. She breaks his heart yet because of his friendships he is able to endure. As this episode ends so does the 70s era and we are briefly introduced to the modern era. I’m looking forward to Episode 5 and the future of Love Rain with Seo Joon and Ha Na.