While the drama “Our Blues” is raising expectations, netizens continued to debate its plot content.
tvN’s Saturday and Sunday drama “Our Blues,” which will air from April 9th, is drawing keen attention as it’s the drama following “Twenty-five, Twenty-one.” When the news got reported, netizens even calls it a “must-see drama.”
The reason why actors such as Lee Byung-hun, Cha Seung-won, Shin Min-ah, Kim Woo-bin, Lee Jung-eun, Ko Doo-sim, and Kim Hye-ja were able to unite in this drama is that its script is written by Noh Hee-kyung. Noh Hee-kyung is a star screenwriter who has achieved tremendous success with “The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World,” “World Within,” “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” and “Dear My Friends.”
However, controversy has been raised among some netizens over the content of her latest script. “Our Blues” is an omnibus-format family drama that tells the story of 14 characters against the backdrop of Jeju Island. Prior to the broadcast, it was reported that Cha Seung-won and Lee Jung-eun have filmed a kiss scene. Cha Han-soo, played by Cha Seung-won, is a goose father who only thinks about divorce after sending his wife and child to study abroad, and Lee Jung-eun plays Jung Eun-hee, a hometown friend of Cha Han-soo and an unmarried woman who runs a fish shop.
Although the drama can only be known when it is released, netizens were completely divided on the subject of the affair between a married man and an unmarried woman.
Some netizens have left criticizing comments, such as, “Isn’t it wrong to glorify cheating,” “It’s not our fault if we hate cheating,” “Is she glorifying those love affairs again?” and “Cheating is wrong, but glorifying it is the main problem here.” On the other hand, there were many opposition opinions such as “The drama hasn’t even started yet,” “The drama content censorship is harsh these days,” and “Do you only read moral self-help books?” A mixture of different opinions led to a heated argument.
Netizens’ responses were similar in recent hit dramas as well. “Thirty, Nine”, “The World of the Married”, and “Penthouse” were also criticized for making use of love affair relationships. This is because the current spouse can be described as an obstacle of love through the beautification process rather than seeing that relationship as an affair itself.
However, even with such uncomfortable material, it might be portrayed as another story of the characters involved. In the drama “It’s Okay, It’s Love,” Ji Hae-soo, the main character who suffers from anxiety disorders after witnessing his mother’s affair as a child, met with Jang Jae-il and overcame it. As there are various stories, the subject of an affair can easily be debated as to whether it is necessary for the plot or not.
In the 2010 drama “Red Candy,” writer Noh Hee-kyung also talked about affairs. When the possibility of controversy was raised, she replied, “If a hot battle occurs and my script becomes a hot topic, it is a good thing for a writer.”
Amid various opinions on the drama “Our Blues,” the unique format of the work is also drawing attention. This is because the cast members will not appear all at once, but will deliver their stories in the form of an omnibus. In the second half of the drama, the relationship between the cast will gradually become intertwined. The story of Cha Han-soo and Jung Eun-hee will appear from episode 1 to 3.