I loved this show so much. It’s not groundbreaking or original, but what it does, it does well. Don’t Dare khổng lồ Dream, also known as Jealousy Incarnate (SBS 2016) is about TV news, family, love, jealousy and…cancer. It’s well acted, hits both light humour & real emotional moments in every episode and the credits feature cartoon aliens. It truly has everything.

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Pyo Na-ri (played by Gong Hyo-jin) is a weather broadcaster who is frustrated by her TV station refusing to lớn give her a permanent job và treating her as a general dogsbody, but can’t risk quitting as she needs to earn good money to tư vấn her younger brother Chi-yeol, who is still in high school. At work she is always professional, but at trang chủ she’s a bit of a mess, anduc.edu.vnnstantly behind on rent và shouting at Chi-yeol.

She jumps at an opportunity to lớn work on a shoot with news reporter Lee Hwa-sin (Jo Jung-suk, who was the lead man in Oh My Ghost – another K-drama that I rate highly), who she used to lớn have a crush on. She had hoped this was finally her chance with him, but instead meets another man who takes Hwa-sin’s place in her affections – businessman Go Jeung-won (played by Go Kyung-po, who I swear looks lượt thích Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who is Hwa-sin’s childhood best friend. Na-ri & Jeung-won begin dating, much to lớn the despair of his mother, who is hoping lớn use his marriage as a business deal.

While dressing Hwa-sin for the shoot, Na-ri notices a lump in his chest. After several attempts lớn talk to lớn him about it, she persuades him to see a doctor – one she knows well as breast cancer runs in her family. She is his one and only anduc.edu.vnnfidante about his hospital appointments and they beanduc.edu.vnme friends who fight a lot, but also support each other when it matters.

Hwa-sin is on the surface a vain man who only cares about his career. He is estranged from his whole family after reporting a story that destroyed his brother’s business. But the drama gives indications from the very start that he is always trying to vì chưng the right thing. The first anduc.edu.vnnversation we see him have is with a producer who Hwa-sin shouts at lớn stop instructing the weather broadcasters to lớn stick out their tits & ass, because it’s degrading lớn the women & belittling to lớn the audience. He also denies his own growing feelings for Na-ri because he is anduc.edu.vnnvinced that Jeung-won is a better man than him in every way.

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Go Kyung-po (left) really does look like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, right? Gong Hyo-jin can wear anything well. Và Jo Jung-suk (right) is adorable.

One of my favourite things about this drama is what it has lớn say about alternative family structures. Na-ri and Chi-yeol live on the vị trí cao nhất floor of Rak Villa. Below them live their stepmother (who’s the same age as Na-ri & works at the local anduc.edu.vnnvenience store) và their young half-brother Beum. On the floor below that lives Chi-yeol’s schoolmate (and secret crush) Ppal-gang and her father. & below that lives the third schoolfriend Dae-goo & his uncle Kim Rak, who owns the building and is head chef at the restaurant adjacent to the villa. Every day, chef drives the building’s occupants to lớn school/work and they love and fight with each other lượt thích one big family.

I also lượt thích that the kích hoạt largely takes place in a news room and a restaurant – my two favourite settings. There’s lots of food, and debates about ethics in journalism – yay! & while I’m not as big a tín đồ of hospital shows, the cancer plotline is key lớn the whole drama & is handled really well. It gives emotional heft lớn what would otherwise be a stereotypical thắm thiết triangle.

The actors are all good at everything they do, but special mention has to go lớn Jo Jung-suk. He can be cute, passionate, sexy, romantic, sweet, suave – whatever he tries his hand at, apparently. He does a great job of portraying the particular fears of a man about the possibility of having breast cancer. He’s also an excellent singer & dancer (it turns out his career began in stage musicals, including playing the lead in the Seoul productions of Grease và Hedwig và the Angry Inch) & he gets to lớn showcase both those talents a few times. I am totally crushing on Jo Jung-suk now.

While it didn’t break boundaries, there was no unchecked sexism in this show, none of the women were unquestioningly obedient and it acknowledged that adults bởi vì sometimes have sex outside of marriage without being judgmental about it. There were some flashbacks but not enough lớn get annoying và the repeated K-pop songs were mostly pretty good. I’m actually anduc.edu.vnnsidering buying some of them. (Check out the theme tune on YouTube.)

Most of all, it raised all the right emotional responses: I laughed at the funny scenes, nearly cried at the sad ones, & got that delicious stomach-flipping feeling when the lead anduc.edu.vnuple finally kissed. And the ending was well judged & satisfying.