First Impressions for ‘Twenty Again’

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Twenty Again hit the airwaves three weeks ago but I only marathoned all 4 episodes just yesterday. The feeling I got after watching the drama is surely akin to trying out a new dish. You start with a bit of enthusiasm and then you are not sure if you like the taste. As you try more and more, the dish becomes more comforting and delicious. Same way, Twenty Again is getting better and better with each episode and now I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to see what happens next.

I like the upbeat nature of the show. We started with some lows as we see our lead Nora (Choi Ji Woo) struggling through divorce. She must have felt totally shattered as all these years, she has thought of nothing else but her husband and son. And so it didn’t irritate me that her first reason for starting her college education was that she wanted to match her education level with her husband. And I don’t think her husband Woo Chul (Choi Won Young) is totally terrible as a character. I can see where his idea of not wasting time in a happiness-less marriage is coming from. But as a responsible man, he should have considered the fact that his wife supported him all these years and what will happen to her when he’ll leave her at this stage. I do find him a bit weird, the way he talks to her as if she is some stranger and not the woman he spent past 20 years with. I wonder since when is he having an affair. Was that responsible for him selecting divorce as his ultimate decision for his marriage? He also makes me laugh at times due to his somewhat eccentric nature.

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Let’s get the initial issue, I had, out of the way first. It was not exactly clear when Nora decided to hide her plans of studying from her family. Yes, there was a talk where they were not happy about it but I don’t remember her thinking about hiding it.

I loved that the final decision to enrol in college was not made for saving her marriage but for herself. The scene where she gets inspired (when a group of dancers put a showcase) was a delight to watch. The misunderstanding about her health was also a necessary device to give a final push. Granted that this led to see Nora in a sad and miserable state but it also helped in her understanding that she should do things she always wanted to without thinking about the past or the future. It’s today that matters.

I’m really excited to see how she becomes friends with everyone in college and for that gratification, it’s important that we start from rough grounds. I simply loved the scene where she stands up against that cheapo professor. That portion showed how things can look so different from a 20-something’s perspective.

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Cha Hyun Suk (Lee Sang Yoon) was initially a jerk but more on an immature side. I wonder why he is so jaded because she left — is it only because she was his first love? I love how he acts all cool and I-don’t-care but then he totally cares and is so much curious about her. That shifted misunderstanding is totally awesome as it gives way to a lot more hilarity and his concern. I like that Nora finally learned the truth about her health and now there will be straight forward motivation for her to live her life to the fullest.

And I LOVE Soon Nam! His initial annoyance when she becomes his partner and then his reluctance and indifference slowly melting away — how cute and great was his little speech in support of Nora! I can’t wait for him to realise that she is the dancer they are searching for and finally become good friends with her.

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Coming onto her son. Well, it’s pretty unbelievable how he acts towards Nora. I mean, yes, there are children who may feel embarrassed or angry but he is in this state constantly. He has never ever shown any softness or care towards her. What kind of men are there in this family? On a side note, he looks so much like Song Joong Ki!

I also love how the show gives us glimpses of Nora’s past when she was this spunky, brave girl and how her friendship with Yoon Young started on a wrong foot but blossomed into being best pals.

Twenty Again is doing a great job in painting a university setting. From the time of admissions, to the whole campus, filling of subjects and classes, seniors, whatsapp groups, library — everything is giving me a college feel to the T. The music is good too.

I like the overarching theme that there is no age to start living your dreams and fulfil them. Also that one should live in the present as if there is no tomorrow.

Also, Lee Sang Yoon’s dimples. Enough said 😉

7 thoughts on “First Impressions for ‘Twenty Again’

  1. Blue

    Great read. I watched the show last week but it’s not on my blog yet because I still dont know what to think of it. I still don’t know if I like the taste of that new dish. Lee Sang Yoon was a big surprise because I had not even taken a look at the cast, I was just intrigued by the synopsis, so I was totally happy to see him. Nora’s husband’s desire for happiness is understandable I agree on that, but it’s the way he makes her feel like she’s not on his level that turns me off. That and the fact that he may have had an affair, but we will know for sure in the next episodes. Anyway, I agree that her son is very weird. He is far worse that his dad, acting like total moron to his mom. But those types of kids have generally been too spoiled by the parent they disrespect, I suspect when she grows a backbone and puts him in his place, he will start to love her for sure.

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    1. snow Post author

      Thanks Blue 🙂
      Lee Sang Yoon first caught my attention in Liar Game…where he was totally awesome and hence I was looking forward to him here.
      Yes…her husband is pretty bad from the way he has treated his wife all these years…just thinking of her nothing but a woman to look after his home and son. But I think he is not totally bad as he has found a way for them to end the marriage (though of course because now he is successful, their son has grown up and he has found a girl to get married to)…I think Nora needs to realise that there is life after divorce…as she is not happy with this marriage either (even if she doesn’t realise this). I wonder when his affair started..

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  2. Kay

    Keeping an eye on this one. It looks pretty cute, but I’m still unsure if I want to work it in with the couple other comedies I’m looking forward to. I did really enjoy Lee Sang Yoon in Liar Game though 🙂

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    1. snow Post author

      If you enjoyed him in Lair game, you’ll totally love him here…so cute and adorable in his grumpiness and dimples…haha
      Yes…marathon it later as you already have so many shows to watch…

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  4. brightfotini

    I’ve read some recaps of the first two episodes of this one and I did found it interesting but I wasn’t sure if it would be the right choice for me to dive back into dramaland!
    I’ve decided against it in the end but after I’ve read your post I’m definitely keeping it in mind for the future!
    And -side note- I have started watching a drama after all this time and I’m loving it!! I’m on episode 15 but I’m not saying which drama it is!! Cheeky smile here!! I don’t wanna jinx it!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. snow Post author

      Ohhh…which one is it!!!????I’m curious…haha…do wrote your thoughts on it when you are done 🙂
      Actually Twenty Again gets better with each episode…so please do watch it…it’s really good so far!

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