This Episode Review Contains Spoilers in the Form of Fangirl Squees.
I doubt that I will effectively be able to explain just how excited I am for this show. I have very-very high hopes for Secret Love Affair. I was burned recently by another Noona Romance, that we shall not name, and my high hopes were crushed upon the rocks of atrocity. However, I am going to forget that previous drama and allow myself to ride the high of excitement!!!
Seriously, as a love of the Noona Romance this really feels like it is going to be the epitome of that trope. A strong older woman, a virile young man, age difference, forbidden love… yeah this could be the best of all the Noona Romances. Ok… so that is probably a huge exaggeration, but that is how excited I am for this drama!
Shall we start before I melt into a puddle just thinking about watching? Indeed, lets watch!
Subs were a day behind! I nearly died waiting… so lets really-really get started!
I had fully intended to write a recap, just like I’ve done with Emergency Couple and I Need Romance 3. Really, I promise! I even had two paragraphs written and screen caps taken… I really had planned on recapping, really! And then… I got lost to the show and I forgot to write, I forgot anything but the show and it was amazing and wonderful and gorgeous and everything that I had hoped for.
I’ve sat here for about a half hour just loving the set up, so much, and squeeing by myself. So I think that I will only be able to provide you amazing readers with a review. I feel that I must preface this review with the knowledge that it will mostly be me just squealing about my feels and emotions and squees. Perhaps as the show progresses and I become used to the magical glow that surrounds it I’ll be able to recap it properly.
Manager Oh Hye Won is a workaholic who is the Planning Leader for Seo Han Arts Foundation. She’s married to Professor Kang Joon Hyung who is also a pianist, but currently does not have an apprentice.
Lee Sun Jae is a courier who suffers from Tenosynovitis which causes his hand to shake, the same ailment that caused Hye Won to stop playing the piano. Sun Jae appears to be dating Park Da Mi, the same young lady that works at Hye Won’s salon as a hair washer.
Seo Pil Won is the Chairman of the Seo Han Group. He is the father of Seo Young Woo and the husband of Han Sung Sook. Seo Young Woo is the CEO of the Arts Center of the Seo Han Arts Foundation and married to a man who apparently bought an apartment for a student in Vienna, which seems to be a polite way to say he’s having an affair. Which seems par for the course of that marriage since Young Woo’s introduction to us is her in bed with a random man, who Hye Won summarily kicks out of the apartment without qualms. Han Sung Sook is the Chief Director of the Seo Han Arts Foundation and Seo Young Woo’s step mother. To put it plainly they despise one another with the passion of a thousand fiery suns.
So far the rest of the cast that we’ve met are Min Yong Ki, a Chancellor at the Foundation who has the power to pick who gets to perform what. Then there is Jo In Seo who is another professor at the Foundation who is given an additional performance at the show within the first episode in which he performs with his apprentice. Jo In Seo’s apprentice is Ji Min Woo, who was discovered by non-other than Hye Won.
I think that I might be the only one, but I loved the pacing of this show. It was introspective, giving us a view into the regular lives of our cast of characters to allow us to know them. There’s plenty of drama in their existence even now, but I loved being able to see them as they are before everything goes crazy.
Also… the music… I was just as lost to the music as I was to the show itself. My ears were in a constant state of bliss, whether it was a full orchestra playing or the subtle instrumentals that played softly and perfectly through every scene.
There is just too much about the show that I loved! Everyone is intertwined, all the stories winding together into a tapestry and has built a rich and exotic and full of life. I am utterly and totally pleased with the first episode.
I watched the show twice in a row… I’m not sure that I’ll continue with reviewing or recapping or just squeeing in general about the episodes. My Sunbaenim, Kfangurl, is always talking about balance. And I think this is a choice that I’ll need to make in regards to that balance. This show sucks me in so completely that I don’t want to think about dissecting it or reviewing it or recapping it. So… for now until I figure out what I want to do I’m going to just enjoy the ride and love the show to bits and pieces!