Watching this show for the second time around is just solidifying for me how masterfully it was executed. The characters are actually believable, tangible human beings. In fact, they’re the kind of people you’d want to get a beer with at the pub on Friday night. It has the same fresh breath of life that makes Coffee Prince feel so astoundingly real and pierce straight to the soul.
It struck me last night as I was sitting tearfully on the edge of my seat, breathlessly waiting for the events that I already knew were going to happen to gracefully unfold, that episode 5 has to be one of the most simultaneously heart wrenching and heart warming drama excerpts I have ever beheld. It has a fluidity about it, a natrualness, rather than this chopped up overly dramatic, commercialistic, wheel spinning that entices you to find random projectiles to hurl at the T.V. screen. It looks and feels like a real family that fights over real every day things like money, and grades, and spending too much time mooning over unattainable famous boys. A family that loves each other enough to drive each other crazy, but also loves each other enough to come together in a time of crisis. A wife that loves her husband so much that she’ll call the drama script writer 100 times just to get the ending that will make him feel encouraged about his recovery. A father that loves his daughter so much that even though she acts like spoiled baby, he’ll do her homework while he’s in the hospital because he can’t stand to think of her being hit by the teacher at school. It’s plain, simple, humanistic beauty captured at its best, and I was soaking in every gloriously emotional second of it.
Seriously, if you have never taken the time to watch Answer Me 1997, I highly suggest that you do. You won’t regret it!! Especially if you are a 90s/early 2000s kid like me. You just can’t beat the nostalgia with a stick.