I watched this drama on Hulu
What goes around comes around, and the 90s is back with a vengeance. Acid wash, high waisted jeans, keds, and Furbies *shudder* are all back in the limelight. This considered, it seems this was the perfect time for the already nostalgic 90s generation to enjoy such a lovely trip down memory lane as Answer Me 1997.
Though we didn’t live the 90s in Korea, and may not have swooned over the same boy bands, the teen dream bands they sported in AM 1997 had the same exact 90s sound and look as ours, only in another language. If you lived the 90s, boy band fandom was universal no matter what corner of the world you may hail from. And as it stands we seem to have not ever fully recovered from this tsunami that hit the air waves in the late 90s as Korea has as many boy bands as ever and with the emergence of One Direction they are once again being popularized in the Western world. Reliving this part of the 90s as I watched crying and screaming teenage girls make complete and utter fools of themselves produced many laughs and smiles on my part. It took me back to the days when my walls were covered in Backstreet Boys posters and I refused to buy or listen to an N’Sync album until the day I died.
More than just the nostalgia however, Answer Me 1997 really makes you feel its characters. They are so real that they seem like they could be you and your best friends bumbling through your teenage years, making mistake after mistake, but still being able to love and appreciate each other for all you’re worth, because that’s what real friends do. I am blessed enough to still be close with all of my dearest high school friends and we have floundered through the teenage and college years together and are now to the point where we are in our careers, married, and some having children. Sometimes we still love to get together and laugh about all of the ridiculous stunts we pulled in high school. If you have this kind of relationship with your friends, you can’t help but appreciate the beauty of it in AM 1997.
The way that the story was told bouncing back and forth between flashbacks and the present made it really interesting to watch. You never knew where it was going to flashback to. and each time you saw a new memory and then it jumped back to the present it made you look at each character with a pair of new eyes, always adding a new dimension to who they were. In this way the writers are really able to develop your personal connection to the characters and curiosity about their pasts and futures.
Answer Me 1997 definitely stands out as one of the most uniquely executed and well written dramas I have ever seen. It also has an unusual amount of emotional depth that is deeply satisfying in a way that shallow, formulaic, surface dramas cannot be. I give 5 out of 5 stars!! It will definitely be in my top 5 when I get around to the much needed rewriting of my top 10 favorites.
For a synopsis and cast list visit http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Answer_Me_1997