If you haven’t heard of I Remember You yet, that’s okay. Today I’m going to give you plenty of reasons why you should be watching this one. If you’re still not convinced, don’t fret. I will probably put together another list once this drama wraps up on Tuesday. If this drama manages to end as strongly as it started, that means a part 2 will be in your immediate future.
1. Let’s talk flashbacks. While I love stories that delve deeply into the past through flashback sequences, it’s not always a successful or enjoyable attempt. In I Remember You, the flashbacks are poignant, emotional, and relevant. It does an excellent job at creating a foundation for the characters we’re meant to care about. You might even develop interest and/or emotions in characters you least expect.
2. Seo In Guk. I’m sure this is as biased as I can get, but I find Seo In Guk’s character, Lee Hyun, to be phenomenal, enchanting, and intelligent. It’s a huge departure from his days of playing Min Suk in King of High School. This guy is confident, broody, lonely, and occasionally cute when he’s experiencing things he never has before. It can’t be such an easy process when Lee Hyun’s character isn’t one that expresses different emotions noticeably, so Seo In Guk’s subtle attention to detail reels me straight into the heart of his character.
3. The plot. Okay, Okay. While one might argue that the plot isn’t exactly the most original offering in k-drama land, it’s still handled nicely. While there are more than plenty of cliffhangers to send any k-drama fan into a tail spin or coma or possibly both, it’s also been a fairly balanced drama. It seems we’re learning something each week, and I think that’s an important factor to remember. You might not learn a lot, but there is always something to learn — whether it’s a life lesson, hidden truths a character’s kept buried, or something else entirely.
4. A slow burn romance. I know as well as any drama fan that a slow burn romance can be just as frustrating as it’s rewarding. If you appreciate a slow burn romance that is somewhat on the back burner to the rest of the plot, I Remember You will be the perfect speed for your romance-loving heart.
5. Jang Na Ra. I’m not that familiar with this actress, but she brings life to her character. Sure, her character is surrounded by mostly men at work, but Cha Ji An is strong, determined, and good at what she does without having a mean, elitist attitude. The best part is the subtle character growth you’ll notice with this character as she learns from Lee Hyun (Seo In Guk). She shares a lot of commonalities with Lee Hyun, which helps make their connection stronger.
6. Park Bo Gum. He plays Jung Sun Ho, who is a lawyer. His character is very standoffish and calculated, but the more that he interacts with Lee Hyun, the more you never want it end. Ever.
7. The soundtrack. I probably mention this in every top 10 list, but that doesn’t diminish its relevance. I Remember You has some great music that pair very well with its scenes. I’ve included one of my favorites if you want to feel out what the drama’s music is like.
8. The plot twists. Who doesn’t appreciate a drama that handles plot twists with care? I admit, it’s refreshing to shake things up once and a week, but what I like most is that this drama isn’t chock full of plot twists. That may make it seem predictable to some, but I find it refreshing to be able to follow a drama and piece things together along with our characters. One of my favorite things to do with this drama is to try and play detective and see if I can figure out the answers before our lead characters do.
9. Marathon worthy. This drama has all the keys to being marathon-worthy. If you can’t handle cliffhangers, wait until Tuesday night and you can binge-watch to your heart’s content.
10. A focus on forensics. Don’t expect CSI level forensics in this drama, but there is enough to set it apart from other “cop/detective” dramas I’ve watched up until this point. For that reason, I think that gives this detective drama a little advantage over some of the other choices.
Note: Keep in mind that this drama isn’t perfect. It’s been very enjoyable for me and I thought it would be great to share with those of you who have watched You’re All Surrounded and are fans of the detective drama.