Rather than looking at this romcom drama as the Korean remake of the Taiwanese drama In Time With You, let’s look at this as the Korean drama The Time We Were Not In Love.
The Time We Were Not In Love is a drama with so many dramas behind the scenes. Before it premiered, it’d been reported that Jo Soo Won of Pinocchio and I Hear Your Voice would helm the drama and Min Hyo Jung of Full House would pen the script. PD Jo, however, stepped down, and SBS assigned a sageuk veteran PD, but then PD Jo returned, and in exchange, Writer Min was dismissed and was replaced by Lee Hana of Cunning Single Lady and Jung Do Yoon of Baby Faced Beauty. Writers Lee and Jung had been doing a good job with the first 4 episodes being decent and well-received when SBS abruptly changed the writers again Episode 5 onwards. Now, 3 less known writers are doing the job, and so far, even though there are slight changes, they’re doing well, considering that the task was passed on to them very suddenly. As a result, the actors are now on a live-shoot, and the live-shoot of this drama is seriously bad, to the point wherein some of the scenes aired on Saturday/Sunday night were actually filmed in the afternoon of that very same day. It’s sick, ’cause besides the perils of the live-shoot drama system, the actors are continuously working and aren’t resting at all.
The Time We Were Not In Love is a story about a man and woman’s 17-year friendship. Oh Hana (played by Ha Ji Won)—marketing department head at a shoe company—and Choi Won (played by Lee Jin Wook)—assistant purser at an airline—are now both 34 years old, single, and have been best friends since high school. It’s fascinating that Won’s job is in a plane—near the skies or heaven—while Hana’s about heels and shoes, which people wear on their feet—near the earth. Their 17-year friendship seems to prove that a girl and a boy can be, in fact, just friends and that maybe a purely platonic relationship does exist.
Hana and Won as best friends?
Perhaps opposites do really attract because Hana and Won are very different from each other, yet they find warmth and comfort from one another that they’ve always been by each other’s side for the past 17 years—well, except when Hana was dating Cha Seo Hoo (played by Yoon Kyun Sang). As Hana said, they’re a package—“Hana plus Won” (Hana means “one” in Korean; Won sounds like “one”). Even Cha Seo Hoo said the same thing, “Those two are a package wherever they go,” “Wherever Oh Hana goes, Choi Won comes to find her anytime.” Hana and Won have a relationship as that of a couple or perhaps a relationship that’s better than most couples have, but for some reason we don’t know, in high school, Won swore in front of Hana that he’d never ever date/love her [romantically]. He said that right in front of her face, not just once but twice. And Hana backfired and said the same thing to him. And they live their whole life, believing that they’re just friends. Best friends FOREVER. But we, as viewers, know that isn’t the truth. In fact, that’s the biggest lie in their lives.
Episodes 1-2: Won was the perfect boy next door, literally and figuratively. What kind of best friend would take a leave so that he could accompany his best friend at her cheater ex-boyfriend’s wedding and pretend as her new boyfriend? The bond that Won and Hana had built was totally amazing that even eating-spicy-chicken-feet-and-drinking-beer scenes were swoon-worthy. The first time this drama got me going aaawwwwww with teary eyes was upon seeing Episode 2’s epilogue. The flashbacks that we thought we’d already seen but this time from Won’s point of view—(1) How Won was hiding while waiting for Hana outside their houses, and he’d just come out after she did, thus losing their bet and he’d have to buy her a sandwich as the consequence; (2) How he saved Hana from falling during their game of steroidal leap frog at school, but Hana remained oblivious to this fact; (3) And how he’d been paying attention to every detail, like how he’d actually noticed and smiled to see Hana wearing something different in her hair (’cause she’d been wearing a plain hair band all the time), and how he purposely picked Hana’s scrunchie and acted as if it wasn’t intentional. I was swooning over those little things, and I’d call those little things sacrifices.
Episodes 3-4: Hana has Won, who knows Oh Hana’s history. She had Won, who’d remove the scallions from her dish because he knew she didn’t eat them. In fact, he hadn’t liked scallions, too, but because of her, he started eating them. When Hana realized that she was being used by a much younger guy (Ki Sung Jae, cameo by Infinite’s L) to get a permanent position in the company, she had Won, who’d run to her whenever and wherever she was in the world. She had Won, who’d tell her that she was competent, pretty, kind, smart, and cute even after seeing her scene with smudged makeup on her face. She had Won, who’d stay with her all night just to make sure she wouldn’t attempt to do something foolish, to make sure she was safe and comfortable. It was after that drunken night, when they woke up beside each other in one bed (I mean, there was a perfectly soft couch in the room or the floor with an ample space), that they started to feel a little awkward, especially Hana. Hana had Won, who’d knock at her door with a new fluorescent tube that would replace the broken one in her bathroom even before she asked for his assistance (’cause this was planned by her dad, but still). She had Won, who’d serve her food when she had a forearm cast and would hand her a fork so that she wouldn’t have a hard time using the chopsticks, and would turn on the TV for her even before she asked him to. She had Won, who knew her passwords just in case she forgot them. But what I loved most was Won’s promise, “Okay, I’ll hang out with you until I die. Even if you’re at a nursing home, I’ll go there to hang out with you” and their promise to each other gave me a tug on my heartstrings, “Let’s be together until we die.” It was like they were exchanging marriage vows.
Episodes 5-6: In the first quarter of the drama, it was always Won, who was there for Hana whenever she had a problem, but this time, Hana stepped up and did her part as Won’s best friend. The face that Won [had] made on the day his mother had left him and on the day he got a call from her… Tears were on the verge of coming out, but he didn’t let them. He didn’t want to cry, at least not in front of Hana, then and now. Hana knew this, and she could feel how he felt about his mother by just looking at his eyes through the rearview mirror. She knew he wasn’t in a good mood, so she filled his room with colorful lights and gave him a call while peeking out from behind her window. I loved that scene as well as the background music.
Won saying “I won’t date any woman you don’t like” struck me. I mean, where can we even find a Won in the world? Although if I’d read that between the lines, I understand I-won’t-date-any-woman-you-don’t-like means I-won’t-date-any-woman-you-don’t-like-because-the-only-one-I-like-is-you-and-you-can’t-possibly-not-like-yourself. One of my favorite parts and something that left a deep impression on me was Hana’s confession in high school, “Until I die, Choi Won will be far more important person than my boyfriend, husband, or family.” It was so special because I could feel her sincerity. Episode 6’s epilogue that showed an “accidental kiss” between Hana and Won in the library in high school was a bonus. I still believe it wasn’t accidental though. LOL. Hana had told Won that she’d find her ideal man with a kiss, and maybe that was why he gave it a try. I’m pretty sure that peck did make Hana’s heart palpitate.
“Honestly, Mom, why wouldn’t I see Won as a man?” Hana had seen Won as a man, and she’d liked him romantically. Yes, I’m talking about high school. If she hadn’t, then why did her facial expression change and why did she get mad after his I-won’t-love-you confession? Admittedly, another possibility why she reacted that way was maybe because it occurred to her that something was wrong with her, hence even Won, her only and closest (boy)friend, had said such a thing. Though I still think it was the former. Hana might have brushed off the thought of loving Won, but she didn’t really get over it. Fast forward to college… Won was on a group date with his then-girlfriend (cameo by Kang Ye Bin) when Hana showed up and joined them. Either Won had invited her or she came by herself. Even the girlfriend’s friends mumbled “package” the moment they saw Hana arriving. The girlfriend, not believing that Won and Hana were just friends, deliberately fed Hana grass pancake (instead of leek pancake) and sprayed rice wine in her eyes before walking out. Of course, Won stayed with Hana instead of following his girl. I understand where the girl’s rage was coming from. I mean, if you have a boyfriend who has a girl bestfriend, and she’s always third-wheeling on your dates, and soon you realize that your boyfriend cares for her more than he does for you, you’d be jealous, too. And if I were in the girlfriend’s shoes, I’d just probably break up with Won no matter how hot he is and advise him to just date his dear best friend and marry her. BUT, sneaking grass in Hana’s food and spraying rice wine in her eyes were just too bitchy. After being bullied and embarrassed, Hana asked Won to take responsibility for her. He said he would, “I’ll take responsibility for you. For the rest of your life.” Then there was silence. And he added, “As a friend.” Hana was disappointed.
HN: “You coward. Do you really not see me as a woman?”
W: “So what if I don’t see you as a woman? I said I’d be responsible for you forever.”
HN: “Why would you be responsible for me? My husband should be responsible for me!”
W: “Thanks. For freeing me from the burden.”
And I was like Dude-you-could-have-told-her-the-truth! But Won was someone who believed in timing, and he thought that wasn’t the right time. And perhaps he’d missed so many opportunities because of him waiting for the right timing.
Before leaving for a 3-day trip, Won asked Hana if they should go out on a “date” once he came back. I could see it on Hana’s face that she knew the date Won was asking for was a different kind of date from the many ones they’d had before, but she agreed anyway. I wouldn’t say that she agreed because she was ready to date her best friend after being dumped by Ho Joon and used by Sung Jae, plus the reappearance of Seo Hoo; It was more like she agreed because Won was dear to her, and she wanted to know the meaning of that date.
In those 3 days that Won was absent, he never failed to take care of Hana. He’d prepared a frozen ice cream for her hidden at their hideout—the rooftop—and he’d paid an order of chicken feet for her in advance. Hana: “Whenever Won is on a long-distance flight, he sends me one message each day. Having spent a lot of time together, it’s not about how much we know each other, but knowing how big the empty spot is whenever we are by ourselves.” There, Hana said it herself! Life isn’t complete without the other.
When Hana was outside her house waiting for Won’s 6pm arrival… The way they smiled from ear to ear upon seeing each other, the way Hana ran to his arms for a warm hug… “Since I didn’t see you, I realized I missed you.” Damn! I was smiling like a fool in front of my screen. I never knew friends would act like that. Oh, come on, Won, man up and confess!
I thought it was cute and funny that a professional company marketing head and a professional airline assistant purser were having a date in a video arcade. They’d had a date in a video arcade, too, back in high school. Just a proof of what Hana’s father said, “How did you two never change from when you were still in school?”. It was noticeable that Won was wearing his uniform while dating, which made things, well, funnier. Apparently, date couldn’t wait, so he didn’t change and just wore his uniform. On their date, Hana could feel that Won was up to something, “Do you have anything to say to me,” but instead of taking the opportunity and tell her what he badly needed to say, he didn’t. And when they were trying to get a plushy from the claw crane, Won brought up the importance of timing. “Do you know what the most important thing is? Timing.” Hana then randomly replied, “It’s not right now,” and for a moment, I wasn’t sure if she was pertaining to the plushy or to their metaphorical conversation regarding the importance of timing in getting the plushy (getting the plushy as in confessing his true feelings).
If ever Won confessed on that date, I don’t think Hana would accept his feelings right away, and I don’t want her to do it that way. I want it to be as easy as breathing for her to accept and return Won’s love. From my point of view, Hana loves Won, too, but she’s been in denial regarding this matter for a very long period of time. Why? Because (1) in high school, Won told her that he’d never ever date/love her even if they were the only 2 people alive in an island. He said it twice!; (2) College days. When she asked him to take responsibility for her (i.e. marry her), he said he would. Forever. As a friend. She wondered that maybe Won’s view on her had changed over the years, that maybe she was now a woman to him, but no; (3) The drunken night in the hotel. She asked him once again if she’d ever been a woman to him but didn’t get a response; (4) Their individual perspective of love is so different from each other’s. Won believes that “Love is liking the person just the way he/she is,” but Hana believes that love is about sacrificing and yielding. She’s wanted to have a crazy love since high school, “I’ll date the guy who makes my heart pound and my head hazy. Someday, I want to experience that kind of love. Crazy love,” despite Won telling her how that kind of love could ruin people’s lives. Not only the ones involved, but also the people around those who are involved. She sees big words and grand actions as love, but Won isn’t that kind of man to his beloved; (5) Therefore, Hana won’t date someone whom she knows can’t love her back. A one-sided love isn’t easy, especially with your best friend, and sometimes the one who has a one-sided love for the other person has to be selfless. And after hearing from Won himself that he wouldn’t love her, she shut the thought of loving him down even though there are instances wherein she’s starting to test the waters but still ends up shutting the idea down. Hana needs time alone, Won needs it, too. The 34-year old Oh Hana still has a lot of growing up to do, the 34-year old Choi Won has, too. They need to pop the bubble they’ve built for themselves and be free from it.
The piggyback scene was so heartfelt and nostalgic. It might be cliché, but who cares as long as it moved me. Won piggybacked a drunk Hana on their way home, something that he’d actually done before. In the same scenario, a drunk Hana was on his back, crazily singing Stairway to Heaven’s OST I Miss You by Kim Bum Soo. When Hana finally lost consciousness, that was when Won first confessed, “Hana… Ha. Na. Hana. I like you.” It was more profound hearing it in Korean: 하나야… 하.나.야. 하나야. 좋아해. That I-like-you scene was perfectly in sync with The Time I’ve Loved You as the background music. I was kinda teary when watching that scene. Why did you tell her that when she was in that state?!
Won’s secret as to why he won’t love Hana, better be earth-shattering. If not, I’d be totally pissed. That secret might turn out to be as simple as I-love-you-but-I-won’t-tell-you-because-I’m-afraid-I-might-lose-not-only-you-but-also-our-seventeen-year-friendship, and I actually prefer that simple one over the makjang (e.g. illness, birth secret, etc.). I believe that’s exactly what the secret is, but the drama hasn’t explicitly dealt with it. If my guess is right, Won is jumping to conclusions by looking at the possibility of losing Hana without considering the possibility of keeping her by his side till death do them part. I see that Won, who was abandoned by his mother, is afraid of losing Hana or Hana leaving him. However, after all, he, of all people, must know that Hana isn’t like his mom.
“You’re always like this. What the problem is, what you’re not content about, what you really want to say, why can’t you just say them? How can I know why you’re acting like this?! Even though I’ve seen you for 17 years, I really don’t know what you’re thinking.” To fight over Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) or any other food wasn’t something adults were supposed to do. But that wasn’t the real reason why Won was pissed. He was mad after seeing Hana and Seo Hoo together at the store. He was jealous, but he knew he didn’t have the right to be.
As someone who has much of a filter, Won doesn’t let others feel what he really feels. And he’s been doing that for 17 years with his feelings for Hana. Hana has been dropping hints like when she asked him if he had anything to say to her during their date and when she told him to just say what he really wanted to so that she’d know. But again, timing.
When Won told Hana about the 2-year overseas training that was being offered to him, she encouraged him to accept it. Although she said that she’d be bored without him, she still encouraged him to go without worrying about her. Because that was what a best friend would do. But of course, Won still declined the offer because she didn’t want to leave Hana, more so that Cha Seo Hoo was there just waiting for his own timing to get Hana back. Hana joked that maybe Won was going to have a girlfriend there behind her back. And soon, she began to ponder so many what-if questions…
HN: “Back then, when I went to Paris for a training, if you’d told me not to go, would there have been no chance to meet Cha Seo Hoo? If you were next to me, maybe I’d have known sooner how much of a bad guy he is? When I first met Cha Seo Hoo, if you’ve been angry about it, would it have been different?”
W: “If I’d told you not to go, would you have stayed?”
HN: “There’s no way you’d have told me that.”
Hana was right. Won will never stop Hana from pursuing something that’s good for her because he’s always wanted what’s best for her. Her what-if questions made sense. If Won had stopped her from going to Paris, would she have met Cha Seo Hoo in the first place? Maybe. Maybe yes… Maybe no…
This time, let’s look at Hana as an individual.
Oh Hana perfectly depicts the Korean women in their 30s, who excel professionally but suck in their lovelives, and if they ever date, it somehow affects their professional lives. What makes Hana special is that you don’t see her as a mere character in the story, but rather as a real human being. Who knows, you might be seeing your 30s self in her. Just like human beings, she’s flawed. Just like most girls out there, she loves romance novels, she goes gaga over boys, she wants to meet a gentleman who’ll sweep her off her feet, she wants to be a damsel in distress at least once in her life and be rescued by her Prince Charming, she goes mad when in love, almost to a fault, and she yearns for a crazy love. And on top of that, she’s afraid of becoming a spinster. Oh Hana isn’t your typical heroine character like Empress Ki or Gil Ra Im. She’s a very realistic one that most girls can sympathize with.
When it comes to love, Cha Seo Hoo was the greatest love of her life. But to Hana’s dismay, he hadn’t showed up at their engagement ceremony 3 years ago without a word. In those 3 years, she’d moved on, at least she thought so. But then Seo Hoo was back, still without an explanation or even an apology, and he wanted to get her back. Hana still had lingering feelings for him, that was why she wanted to hear what he’d say. It wasn’t about wanting to rekindle their relationship; More than that, she wanted an explanation, and maybe after hearing something from him, that was when she’d make a decision. I don’t know with Hana or some other girls, but if I were in her shoes, I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with my runaway groom-to-be, especially that he hasn’t changed at all, still full of himself. Perhaps if Seo Hoo’s reason for not showing up 3 years ago was a severe accident that caused him to lose his memory, fine, I’d understand, but anything other than that is invalid. And guess what? He’d been there actually, freaking late at his own engagement. So now, the kind-hearted Hana thought it was unfair that she hated him all those years. It was not, Hana. IT WAS NOT UNFAIR AT ALL.
So what if Seo Hoo was back? Granted, Hana had been tasked to do a collaboration project with him, so she had no choice but to communicate with him. But still, she could’ve avoided him if she really wanted to; She could’ve not let herself be dragged by him from place to place as if she was his secretary; She could’ve not watched him practice for 5 hours straight. She had a choice, but she followed Seo Hoo anyway. It was crazy how measly bunny and sticky notes memories could make Hana forget how bad guy Seo Hoo was. I honestly find it so ridiculously stupid.
Right now, what Hana needs is time. She needs to sort out her feelings and come up with a conclusion. And this time, she’s gonna do it not as a package with Won, but all by herself.
Choi Won was the perfect guy best friend and the perfect boyfriend. A handsome hot boy next door, a successful professional steward, and a respected senior in work… However, since 17 years ago, Won had been living his life for his best friend Hana, and his entire world had been revolving around her. He even loved Hana’s family as if her parents and younger brother were his own, and they loved him, too. Won had his own life, but he’d been living for Hana. There were times when Hana wanted to be independent from him, but he’d look for her wherever she was. Whenever Hana got into trouble, he wanted her to confide everything to him, he wanted to help her, and he’d do what he could just to make her happy. Sometimes, he was overprotective of her. And if I were Hana, I’d be confused by Won’s actions. This-guy-best-friend-of-mine-had-told-me-that-he’d-never-love-me-but-his-actions-were-like-this-and-now-I-was-confused. Won disagreed with Hana’s belief that love was about sacrifices, but he didn’t realize that he, too, had been making so many sacrifices for Hana since high school like what we’d seen in Episode 2’s epilogue and even now that he was willing to give up a once-in-a-lifetime overseas training opportunity just to stay by her side.
When could be the right timing for Won? He’d almost let Hana and Seo Hoo got engaged 3 years ago, and he still didn’t do anything to pursue Hana even after that. Why did he wait for Seo Hoo to return before stepping up his game? Well, he actually considered Mi Hyang’s (played by Jin Kyung) idea of him marrying Hana when they got old, which surprised Mi Hyang herself. I’d always thought that Won’s I-will-never-love-you confession was just a reverse psychology that he wanted himself to believe, but at the back of his mind, he was really planning to marry Hana in the end. That was why he’d never had a serious relationship with his past girlfriends. He let Hana date other guys because he knew those boys were just passing ships. Except Cha Seo Hoo. Won had almost lost Hana to Seo Hoo 3 years ago, hence, he wouldn’t let that happen again, and he wouldn’t let Hana get hurt again because of that dude. From the way I see it, the reappearance of Cha Seo Hoo in Hana’s life triggered Won to finally step up his game.
My heart goes out to Won. He’s my favorite character, so far, and I don’t think this fact will ever change. The final scene of Episode 8 was the perfect definition of wrong timing. Won was waiting for Hana at their hideout. He prepared a presentation for her via a projector with all their couple pictures since high school, and he was ready to give her the necklace gift. He was ready to confess! Was it really too late?…
I honestly want Won to just go overseas for the training for the meantime because he also needs some time alone. He has to live his own life. That way, Hana will realize the importance of her precious best friend.
Cha Seo Hoo
I disliked Cha Seo Hoo the moment I first saw him on my screen, and I was right with my judgment. He was so freaking egotistic! He acted as if he was God’s greatest gift to mankind. The very first thing that he said upon barging in Hana’s office, “You’ve missed me, haven’t you?,” and God, that was hella crap! Not only Hana’s office, he also went to Won’s office uninvited, acting so arrogant as ever. The very least he could’ve done to Hana was to be apologetic, but instead, he was so full of himself and so sure that he’d get Hana back. A typical total jerk! He hadn’t showed up at his own engagement, then he returned out of the blue and acted as if nothing had happened. He had no intention of explaining to Hana what had happened or at least giving her a sincere apology. Instead, he declared his intention of getting her back and never losing her again. I know some girls are into bad boys, but Cha Seo Hoo as a bad guy is an understatement. I particularly abhor guys like him who don’t know how to bow down their heads.
It was then shown that he hadn’t meant to be absent at his own engagement. In fact, he’d come…late. On that day 3 years ago, he’d seen Won consoling Hana and even managed to put a slight smile on her face on the day she thought she’d been dumped. Seeing that, Seo Hoo had decided not to show himself to Hana anymore until 3 years later. Those 3 years had passed, and until now he was blaming everything to Won, that he’d always been in between him and Hana, that there’d been 3 of them in the relationship. “Every time I come close, I glance off the glass wall they’ve built.” I understand Seo Hoo was feeling pressured by Won’s presence in Hana’s life and was insecure about their friendship ’cause their friendship had never seemed to mean purely friends at all, and Seo Hoo could see this. But putting the blame on Won without thinking of his own responsibility was wrong. So what if Won had been there comforting Hana, when as Hana’s boyfriend and soon-to-be fiancé, shouldn’t he have been man enough to take her from another man’s arms and fight for her? So what if he’d been late? If he’d really wanted to go through with the engagement, he could still have shown himself to Hana albeit late, and she’d have known everything. After 3 years, Seo Hoo came back and finally told Hana that he’d been there, that he’d come late, and he was like, “You were pretty.” Really?! Was he even supposed to say that? Hana was angry, telling him that he should’ve explained so that she wouldn’t have thought that she’d been dumped at her own engagement. She asked if he came back to apologize, but he said no, he was back to get her back. I honestly would’ve sympathized with Seo Hoo if he wasn’t an egoistic asshole.
“That day, I saw it myself. Something within their hearts that they themselves don’t know.” Seo Hoo was right. And as we proceed to the second half of the story, I’m ready to see Cha Seo Hoo as the bridge that Hana and Won will have to cross for them to figure out that something in their hearts that they seem to have been oblivious of.
Lee So Eun
Lee So Eun wins the Most Annoying Character Award. She was a sly fox wearing a mask of an innocent lamb. She didn’t have much of a filter, and she was so expressive of her love for Won. She went to Won’s house for many times uninvited, asked him out on dates, and declared herself as Won’s girlfriend. She befriended Won’s cousin, Mi Hyang, so that she’d have access to Won and his private life. She joined Won and Hana’s bike date uninvited even though she didn’t know how to ride a bike and even after Won had made it clear that she was just a junior to him. I don’t think it’s wrong for girls to do the initiative to the guys they like, but So-Eun-style was unforgivably cringeworthy.
Still, I could’ve endured So Eun and her infatuation with Won, but she really went overboard by setting up Hana and Seo Hoo together. Granted, she didn’t know anything about their past relationship, which was why she shouldn’t have butt in in the first place. It was so wrong to set them up when she barely knew the both of them. Cha Seo Hoo could’ve been an axe murderer! What was her right to intervene in Hana’s life and relationship?
On the other hand, if there was one thing So Eun did right, it was making Won realize the good thing about wearing one’s heart on his sleeve. “Because if I hide my feelings, then the other person wouldn’t know my heart. Then, there’s a chance I might lose that person.” That was so true. It was like a warning that Won needed if ever he decided to stay still and do nothing about his harboring feelings for Hana.
Overall, The Time We Were Not In Love isn’t a masterpiece nor is it a ratings monster, but what makes it special (at least to me) is the simplicity of the story. Apparently, that’s one of the reasons why this isn’t a ratings winner—despite the starpower with the presence of the actress billed as the Queen of Ratings—not a lot happens in one episode. It has a very simple story about a man and a woman whose friendship has spanned 17 years and how they have themselves trapped in time and still act as if they’re still 17 years old. This drama doesn’t have cliché elements, such as rich-guy-falls-in-love-with-poor-girl a.k.a. the modern Cinderella story, body-swapping, feud between families, evil in-laws or stepsisters, other makjang stuff, etc. Hence, it’s unique in its own. Some may find its simplicity dull, but I, on the contrary, see it as something new, refreshing, and interesting. The Time We Were Not In Love had a beautiful and promising start. Writers Lee and Jung did a great job in establishing a good foundation through the first 4 episodes, and I can’t help but wonder what they could’ve done if they remained. Although I personally think Episode 7 is the best so far, I did love Episodes 1 to 4 to pieces. After seeing the progress and the slight changes in Episodes 5 to 8, I’d say the change of writers wasn’t a bad move at all ’cause I love the drama even more albeit its flaws and all the criticisms.
P.S. Besides the simplicity of the story and Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook’s exploding chemistry, another thing that I love about this drama is that it allows me to marvel at Ha Ji Won’s beauty. From her makeup (thanks to Giorgio Armani), her clothes, bags, down to her shoes… All her shoes are literally goals! She’s like 10 times more gorgeous in this drama! Ha Ji Won and Hana’s style are a true OTP. 😉
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