Addictive Rating: 4
Synopsis: A substitute teacher is triggered by her own suppressed memories when she was abused. She decides to take a child who is clearly being abused away from her awful home and try to go as far away as possible. In the process, she meets many challenges in escaping. Detectives are hot on her trails. She ends up meeting her biological mother that left her at an orphanage when she was 6 years old. We learn more about her upbringing with the woman who adopts her at age 8. We learn about her two younger sisters. We are challenged to think about the love between a well-meaning mother in a desperate situation and her adult daughter who has emotional scars as a result of being abandoned. We are challenged to think about the love between a well-meaning mother who adopted a child and tried to give her a good life. We are challenged to think about the love between a well-meaning teacher who wants to become the mother to a child that is now being abused and feels unloved.
What I have to say: As an adoptee, this show is triggering because there are the complexities in this drama about biological family, adoptive family and wanting to make a difference for the next generation. As just a drama in and of itself, this story is well-told and moves along at a good speed. It is sad and sometimes dark with the flashbacks that are slowly revealed about Soo Jin's biological mother. It makes you angry that child abuse exists. The child actress Heo Yool that plays Hye Na/Yoon Bok is amazing - and in my opinion, is what made this show so incredibly good.
See the complete list of dramas I've reviewed here.
Soju (1) | It had me coming back for more, but left me with a hangover. Worth it in the moment, but slight regret the next day.
Kimbap (2) | It moved well and often left me wondering what would happen in the next episode, but it wasn't as fulfilling as it had the potential to be.
Bibimbap (3) | I lost a lot of sleep because they knew how to end each episode with a cliffhanger! Lots of harmonious ingredients making this one a win!
Fanatic (4) | An amazing drama that was very well told and nearly every single episode ended with a major cliffhanger making you scream for more! I'm an absolute fan!
(I only put on here the dramas I actually recommend because I think it's really good. Even a soju rating means it was good and satisfying. A fanatic rating just means it blew me away and was near perfection. There are many dramas I've seen that I don't have on my recommendation list.)
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