Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 9 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 11 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 13 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 14 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 15 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 16 -| Review Score –4/5
After the fantasy romance drama Hi, Bye Mama, TVN brought us a simpler series, this time focusing more on the romance and the past and present story of our two main characters. When My Love Blooms may not be the strongest entry in the Korean drama calendar this year but it still makes for an enjoyable enough watch thanks to its great character building and emotionally charged narrative.
The story follows Han Jae-Hyun and Yoon Ji-Soo who met during college and became romantically involved. Ji-Soo came from a wealthy family and was unable to resist Jae-Hyun’s charm and desire to make a difference during many protests. As the story continues, we learn that something tragic happened which caused their love story to stop abruptly, subsequently prompting the two to go on very different life journeys.
The series then follows their reunion twenty years later as old memories come back to the surface for both of them. Jae-Hyun is now married and a successful businessman while Ji-Soo has had quite the difficult life but remains determined to do the right thing for the people around her.
While too many flashbacks can sometimes hurt and weigh down a series, in this story they feel necessary. They help with the characterisation of our two protagonists and bring plenty of emotion to the narrative. It is a simple tale but an enjoyable one where you find yourself rooting for the couple to have a happy ending. The first few episodes do feel a little slow but the drama soon settles into its groove with some good twists along the way.
As with many of TVN dramas, the acting from the main cast is always worth mentioning and here, everyone brings some great performances to the screen. Yoo Ji-Tae plays the caring friend, ready to do what he can to help out Ji-Soo, while Lee Bo-Young gives a natural portrayal of a woman who has suffered tremendously but still doing whatever she can to take care of her son and her friends. Both actors have great chemistry together and their younger counterparts, Jin Young and Jeon So-Nee, also leave their mark here.
The drama boasts a great score as well with some beautiful classical numbers as Ji-Soo plays melodic pieces on the piano; one in particular called “When My Love Blooms” by Park Yo Ha, really stands out. “Fall in Love” and “The Season Like You” are two of the recurring songs played during the runtime of the series and are a great musical addition to the emotional drama.
There are so many great Korean dramas to watch out there and this year has brought some real heavy hitters; Crash Landing on You, Itaewon Class and The King: Eternal Monarch to name a few. When My Love Blooms may not be the most memorable compared to the aforementioned dramas but for anyone looking for an easy to watch and beautifully told love story, this series is worth checking out as it follows the blooming love of Ji-Soo and Jae-Hyun over the course of 20 years.
Verdict - 7.5/10