Sometimes there are dramas that fly under the radar, but still have a really promising cast and plot. Come see if Please Don’t Date Him is worth checking out!
The Connected Engineer
Song Ha Yoon (Devilish Joy, Fight for My Way) is playing Seo Ji Sung, an AI engineer who’s gotten into a rut. She’s intelligent and focused when she needs to be, but her character is well-rounded enough to be silly when she’s scared or when she’s with her girlfriends. Currently, she’s working on a fridge that keeps an inventory of its food and will make menu suggestions, but it never seems to work quite right.
The Analog Firefighter
Lee Jun Young (Good Casting) plays Jung Guk Hee, a firefighter who really doesn’t see the need to be as connected as the rest of society. He’s happy with his watch, his cassette player, and his own internal GPS. I’m loving just how sincere and good he is — he feeds stray cats and is always on the lookout to help people in need. The fact that he forgets that he even has a smartphone cracks me up, but also feels like a natural part of his character.
Light-hearted with Serious Undertones
Please Don’t Date Him isn’t shy about shining a light on social justice issues right away, but they’re written really well into the script, instead of just being a prop piece that the main character can lecture about. They definitely move the story forward, and I like seeing how well they’re being handled. There’s a lot of situational humor, too, and I’ve laughed during every episode I’ve watched.
Would I Recommend?
I ended up binge-watching the first three available episodes, so I would definitely say I’m addicted! This drama is funny without being slapstick, and serious without being heavy. The secondary characters are a lot of fun too — Ji Sung’s girlfriends have their own problems that don’t feel completely overdone, and one of them serves rather . . . interesting . . . organic juices at her cafe. They definitely speak for her, and have cracked me up more than once. I have high hopes for a happy ending, which I definitely need to cleanse my palate after the nonsense that was DoDoSolSolLaLaSol‘s ending.
What do you think, drama fans? Are you interested in watching Please Don’t Date Him with me? It’s only airing one episode a week for 10 weeks on Kocowa, which is just the perfect level of commitment for me right now.
Until Ji Sung kicks the fridge again, I remain —
Karie the Maknae
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