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Love Alarm: Season 1 review

Netflix recently dropped their latest original drama Love Alarm based on the webtoon of the same name. While the story itself is pretty ordinary, the world of the story is anything but. Front and center in the drama is the Love Alarm app — a rather powerful social media app that has the ability to read and share your romantic attraction to people within a ten meter radius.

Netflix has been pushing out a lot of original content lately — thus far it’s been unique, well-produced, and quite good. But they also insist on breaking up the traditional 16-episode run of Korean dramas into two seasons without making it immediately apparent to viewers. They fooled me once, with the recently completed My First First Love. Fool me twice? Not happening. This time I came expecting the plot lines to build, escalate, and converge right at the peak of the drama, before the cut of the 8-episode run known as Season 1.

Disagreements with streaming and release methodology aside, the first season of Love Alarm was unique and compelling. I enjoy high school stories just as much as the next person, so the token rich boy/poor girl dynamic, and the bullies and mean girls and cafeteria wrist grabs, are always welcome. But throughout every moment of this drama lurks the Love Alarm app — it’s as present as if it was one of the leading characters.

The drama opens in present day, when the Love Alarm app is already a social norm. With just a brief look, it’s clear that the app has taken a hold of society. But Love Alarm is more than an app — it’s practically Big Brother. It’s on everyone’s phone, it’s on every building’s video screen, and Love Alarm even sends announcements in the clouds, as if it was a deity of sorts.

Clearly, there’s something off with how the Love Alarm app has impacted society — and the main characters that we get our first glimpse of — but we can’t put our finger on it at first. It’s when we travel back to four years ago, when our characters were in high school, that we learn about the app’s genesis, and the way it has affected our characters.

When we meet our high school heroine KIM JO-JO (Kim So-hyun), the Love Alarm app has only been launched a few weeks, but has already gone viral across the country with 10 million downloads. And rest assured almost every student at the high school has already downloaded it.

The high school acts as a microcosm of the world at large — we watch the ways the app quickly changes and complicates the way people interact. The scorchingly handsome new boy at school, HWANG SUN-HO (Song Kang), sets off alarm after alarm as he walks through the school courtyard, indicating his popularity and desirability factor. Couples at the school use the app to test each other’s affections, or to show off their relationship to others. Most importantly, though, Love Alarm outs crushes — that’s actually what it was built for.

At first, our heroine Kim Jo-jo is exempt from the madness since her phone is too old to support the app — a nice dose of real-life, actually, since she’s the token hard-working high school orphan who’s drowning in her parents’ debt. That she can’t afford a brand new Samsung is actually refreshing.

Jo-jo catches the eye of the new boy Sun-ho, who could take his pick of any girl in the school. He pursues her quite openly, and the drama is surprisingly forward about sexual attraction — since really, that’s what the app is able to quantify, right? There’s no technical, biometric, or even metaphysical explanation as to how the app actually works, but it’s a testament to the strength off the set-up that it’s entirely believable.

Maybe that’s because the rhetoric is so familiar? After all, the ring of a person’s love alarm is the same behavior-affirming sound that we’ve grown used to in real life to signal something good, or something attained. And how different is ringing someone’s alarm from the likes and swipes that have become the norm for us in real life?

Love Alarm foreshadows a love triangle, and then half an episode later, we’re already in the thick of it. Suave and swoony Sun-ho might have won Jo-jo over, but his best friend LEE HYE-YOUNG (Jung Ga-ram) has had a silent crush on her for years. Rather than fight over her openly, they decide to let the app decide – basically, this means she gets confirmation of their feelings for her, and when she turns her own app on, they learn who she “chooses.”

This scenario is a perfect example of the way the app takes the organic and heady rush of romantic feelings and quantifies them into a cellphone notification. On one hand it simplifies and synthesizes a complicated part of life; on the other hand it neuters something that is supposed to be unseen, unquantifiable, and beautifully wild.

Because Hye-young is a gorgeous walking saint, he’s more than graceful when Sun-ho and Jo-jo happily start dating. Their relationship is positively dreamy — but perhaps too dreamy too soon? Because Jo-jo is our token K-drama heroine, leaving the hero with a broken heart seems a better solution than sticking things out with him (though she does have a lot of baggage), so it’s not long before their relationship ends. And the app that brought them together also tears them apart.

When we jump back to present day, our love triangle characters meet again, and they are as triangular as ever. In terms of compelling relationships, Love Alarm really grabbed me — it’s one of the few dramas where I find myself rooting equally for both sides.

In addition to a reintroduction to our love triangle, though, the present day story sets up an even broader look at the social impact of the app. It is clearly ruling society, determining the way people interact with each other, and the amount of hearts/alarm rings that a person gets is the new metric for success and celebrity.

But it’s also apparent that the Love Alarm app has torn down important social constructs, and made a whole new set of rules. Four years after the app’s launch there is a strong anti-faction, mass suicides because of the loneliness and rejection that the app intensifies (and publicizes), and there’s also an interesting mythology around the app’s mysterious developer.

At the drama’s halfway point, there’s a lot hanging in the balance. We’ve not only got the growing social unrest around the use of the app, but the artificial world it has created seems like it has reached its peak… and might be headed for a breaking point of sorts.

Then there’s Jo-jo, Sun-ho, and Hye-young. Jo-jo is aware that both boys still “ring her alarm,” (in this case meaning they’re both in love with her), but she’s at an interesting impasse. She’s been using an unreleased feature of the app — a shield that prevents her from ringing anyone’s alarm. This assures that no one will be able to see her feelings through the app. That doesn’t sound like such a bad thing to me, but the world has become a place that relies on Love Alarm to validate feelings.

Will the second half of the drama support the world of Love Alarm and see Jo-jo on a quest to remove the shield from her app? Or will it be a stronger statement about going back to a world where people’s feelings, emotions, and attraction were not made into public information. Will romantic relationships go back to being organic and natural, or will the Love Alarm app be the key that gives Kim Jo-jo, and one of our heroes, a happy ending?

At this point, it feels like it can go either way, and I’m torn between falling for the rhetoric of the drama, and the rules of courtship under the reign of Love Alarm — and at the same time being repulsed by them. Sun-ho and Hye-young seem to represent very different things in the world of Love Alarm, one relying on the app to validate their relationship, and the other more interested in “old fashioned” wooing.

Both boys clearly love her; I don’t need an app to tell me that. But whichever one she chooses seems to have a bearing on the note the drama will end on, and the message it will leave with us. So, I’m going to withhold too many comments on Team Sun-ho versus Team Hye-young until we have the whole drama in front of us. In the meantime, whether I like it or not, I’ll just let this drama ring my alarm.

  
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Ooooh, very good review. 👏👏👏👏👏

The last part about the repercussions of JoJo's decision and what it means to us viewers. That's good. That's really good.

I really like this drama for the romance and also for the message it wants to convey in the society we live in. The drama is already beautiful, and this review helps make it more meaningful than I thought it was.

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I was not a big fan of this drama. I really liked the questionning about the app. It was interesting, the good like the bad.

My issue was the characters. I found the FL too pitiful, I mean I'm not against tragedies, but too much make me feel that the only way the author found to make you like the character.

In a general way, I didn't understand their decisions or motivations.

For the actors, I really liked Kim So Hyun and Jung Ga Ram but Song Kang was below in terms of acting, it's the same in When the Devil Call Your Name, he is the weakest in the casting.

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Every word of your comment encompasses my feeling except I am not a really good judge of acting so cant say anything fo that!

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Don’t be so hard on him, Song Kang is new. He won the audition out of 900 Kpop idols, models and other rookie actors.

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KSH is a class act in this drama she deserves every single award for that performance!

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This show makes me feel like what would happen if BLACK MIRROR got trapped inside the world of Korean Dramas. Lol

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Hahaha I love it. So true!

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This drama is a bit of a mess, I like it though, poor Jo Jo. She goes through it. I want her to love herself first though, I hope they address this.

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To me one of the most interesting thing about this drama apart from the app is the how real the characters are. I think I was equal parts annoyed by and rooting for all the characters in three very different ways. It made me realize in retrospect that the characters while complete stereotypes at first glance actually had many layers underneath it all. The first half was a breezy sweet high school romance drama but the second half is where I feel the drama actually found its footing and maybe that was always the intention. The deep sorrow and emptiness that exists within each person was reflected beautifully in the latter half. The acting in this drama was especially a stand out and I'm amazed by how young and inexperienced most of the cast is. Even for Kim Sohyun despite being a veteran of many years I felt this was a stand out performance from her. I look forward to the second season or rather the second half of this drama which is where the darkness of the app and hopelessness it has exacerbated will be more deeply highlighted. To me this was one of the most meaningful and well thought out high school dramas I've seen and the ost was nicely matched with the scenes and themes.

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You said it so well. The best thing about this drama is that the characters are real and not just 1D or 2D they have many dimensions to them. Normally dramas make a clear divide between characters you're supposed to like and the ones you aren't but this drama doesn't do that. It just shows you these people living their comes lives and you can make your own opinions about them based on what you see as right and wrong. It's interesting to see how people pick sides based on their own moral compass rather than because the drama told us to be on one side rather than the other.

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I agree, It's like we saw the teenage innocence and now things are a bit messier and murkier as adults.

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To be honest, I never ended up finishing this drama- I struggled to root for Sun-ho because I couldn't get over him actively flirting with and kissing the girl he was pretty sure his friend was crushing on. Like, what a dick move?

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Who is to say SO didn't like her either? In the original webtoon they said he did it because he was jealous his friend liked someone but for the drama they said clearly it was because he fell for her the minute he saw her. His friend liked her but never did anything about it nor did he ever clearly come out and say it. SO is not obligated to respect HY feelings if HY himself doesn't want to acknowledge those feelings. The two friends are polar opposites HY would rather give up on love for friendship while SO would have love over friendship. Doesn't make either right or wrong they're just teenagers doing impulsive things and acting on their feelings like most teenagers. In the end the drama does compare two different kinds of love and what role the LA app has in the fulfillment of these loves. It's a very smart drama in many ways.

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In the drama, it's not love at the first sight. When they kissed, it says that Love Alarm wouldn't have ring because it wasn't love. He knows that his best friend is in love with Jojo. HY shouldn't have to knowledge his feelings for Jojo for SO to act as a friend. HY has a shy personality, his best friend should help him but he didn't. He kissed the girl.

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In the drama it is love at first sight. If you read the interviews you'd know SK said it was love at first sight for SO and that was why he felt fearless about pursuing her despite the fact that HY loved her because his personality is blunt and straightforward. They all said the same thing at the press's conference that SO has the kind of personality where he does what he wants and says what's on his mind while HY is passive and holds back when he shouldn't. He didn't just kiss her she kissed him and he asked for permission from both HY and JoJo before doing anything. His character isn't likeable but compared to HY and Jojo who hide their feelings from others SO shakes things up. It isn't wrong or right. Someone people are the proactive kinds while others are the passive kinds. The drama highlights their contrast which is why people have such strong feelings for one side or the other. It just makes the drama more brilliant that it bought out such a simple thing and made people feel strongly about it.

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But they didn't show it in the drama. I shouldn't have to read interviews or the webtoon to understand the characters. And it's not logical, they clearly said in the drama it was not love during the kiss, so it wasn't before...

The fact he has this kind of personality is not an issue, the issue is he doesn't care about the feelings of the people around him.

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It was apparent though because the line about not ringing the alarm wasn't about not liking each other. It was about the in between step between being attracted to someone and falling in love with them. That's normal because it starts with something simple like a physical attraction but becomes more. There is nothing problematic about him not being considerate about HY liking Jojo since HY wasn't keen on outwardly showing any interest in Jojo. The relationship may not be healthiest but it wasn't wrong of SO to express his feelings. What's the point of keeping them bottled up? If feelings go unexpressed they become useless to both the person to likes and the person who is being liked. If SO truly didn't care he wouldn't have asked for permission not would he have left the choice to Jojo. Despite being impulsive teenagers and acting on they showed subtle maturity. Having multi dimensional characters makes everything more interesting. No good or bad , no right or wrong. The decision to confess takes courage and to love someone takes courage and that's what we see in the drama as well.

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I mean, I can get what you're saying, but I still really disagree. Maybe it's because I don't believe in love at first sight, though. How can it be possible anything more than attraction, if you know absolutely nothing about the person beyond what they look like? Not to mention that, like Kurama said, you should not have to engage in behind-the-scenes content to understand character motivations. I also missed the bit where SO asked HY if HY would be comfortable with SO pursuing (hate that phrase, but you know what I mean) JoJo- but that could just be me being a lazy watcher, haha.
If SO and JoJo had built up a strong relationship and his feelings had developed over time, then I would sympathise a lot more with him, but he literally saw her once, acknowledged that his friend (denial aside) had a big ol' crush, and then went for it anyway.
I'm not saying that anyone should have to bottle up their feelings, but at that point, I find it hard to believe that SO had any real feelings to bottle up, because he didn't know JoJo well enough to have any deep feelings towards her. So in the end, to me anyway, all it did was portray SO as a spiteful, selfish jerk.
But again, I didn't watch the whole drama, so maybe this behaviour had some relevance to his character development or something. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sorry but I have to disagree. I recall JoJo mentally saying, “I’m sure our alarms wouldn’t have rung at that moment, because the urge to kiss came before love.” It was AFTER the first kiss that they actually fell in love.

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It’s love at first sight. You can just tell from the way they looked at each other for the first time in the bus or at least the way he looked at her, because love at first sight take 8.2 seconds and only occurs in men scientists claim 😆 Anyway, I’m pretty sure he fell in love with Jojo even before he knew HY had a crush on her, and HY does not admit it so SO did nothing wrong. I don’t know about the comics, but that’s how I interpreted it in the drama. IMO 😂

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i love this.. exactly..
i do't know about webtoon, but in this drama.. whatever is shown SO iS NOT WRONG. .he is the victim..
HY is doing wrong unless he is trying to bring SO and JOJO together using reverse psychology

and jojo.. man! you don't date best friend of ex boyfriend who is still waiting for you and is so in love with you and whose heart you crushed

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When SO saw Jojo in the bus, he's already know SO's feelings. And why SO didn't say that he loves Jojo to HY when he asked him? So, for me, there is no way that SO was a good friend. He didn't care about his best friend.

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Exactly!! Never liked SO. What kind of a friend are you if you kiss the girl that your friend likes incredibly, the first chance you get!!

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Didn't he confess to his friend immediately after kissing her and what did he do? Nothing because he was too scared to make his feelings known. Why should SO give up his feelings just because they happen to be friends? Imagine how much more lonely Jojo would have been if none of them ever expressed their feelings for her and the alarm never went off. Loneliness is a strong theme in this drama for a reason.

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Confessing doesn't erase what he did. Also, yes he should have kept away from her because of two very weighty reasons-
1) JJ was already in a relationship and in my opinion confessing to someone, kissing them etc is not okay if that person happens to be committed. I know most people think the contrary but for me even a kiss is cheating and jojo cheated. It doesn't matter that she broke up soon after with her boyfriend. I get that her boyfriend wasn't very understanding but then maybe she should have broken up with him first then moved on with SO.
2) His childhood best friend really truly liked her. Maybe HY didn't confess early on because JJ already had a boyfriend. Maybe it was this coupled with his anxiety over his crush being known that he decided to not confess yet..
I get that the central theme is loneliness but honestly the way it seemed to me JJ & SO kissed each other first and then developed feelings. So this means he kissed her because he was attracted to her not because he had feelings for her and he wanted them known. This is why him kissing her was a dick move.

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I already answered a lot of the points in my other comments so I'll just say a few things here. Attraction automatically means that you have some feelings for the other person and it actually made the kiss more natural. I don't support cheating but they were both attracted to each other so even if she cheated or he kissed her despite his friend liking her it shouldn't matter if what they felt at that moment for each other was stronger. Two people wanting each other should come before anything else because of what they said in the drama when the person you like also likes you back that is a true miracle. Friendships can be repaired but giving up on your feelings for someone else isn't never noble its idiotic. When you like someone and especially if that person likes you back being selfish is fair. How many times do we see characters who obviously like each but are too busy being considerate of other people to get together. This was a great change from the usual silliness of people not following their hearts. They both bravely faced the consequences of their action again something very mature for a bunch of teenagers. The drama didn't just skirt over the complexity of the relationship but addresses it at every stage which makes it very meaningful and layered.

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@blazing Can't seem to reply to your latest comment so i am replying here. Feelings automatically mean attraction but attraction doesn't automatically mean feelings. Not going to say anything else as @rubytuesday said it all.

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EDIT: ... as @rubytuesday and @kurama said it all.

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I'm going to defend the OP and say the same thing attraction comes from feelings it means someone has already made a place in your head if not yet in your heart. Physical attraction and love are not that different only society classifies it differently but basically its all the same and what most of us feel is physical attraction before we so called romantic feelings. We judge people on the basis of how they look and nobody really would date an attractive person right off the bat since they would never be physically attracted to that kind of person. If someone doesn't make you turn around and look twice you'll never develop feelings for that person. That is fact.

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Correction no body would date and *unattractive person

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If you really want to understand what this drama was actually about read the interview by the writer of the webtoon. None of the male leads were relevant to the story and they aren't even the male leads. There is no male lead in this whole drama or webtoon. This is what makes LOVE ALARM the best kdrama ever.

https://twitter.com/Lily_CFC/status/1171387782654095362

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again, whilst I don't doubt that the writer is very talented, a drama shouldn't require outside sources like interviews to explain its characters or story

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I can't agree with you because a drama always needs context. Especially when its adapted from a webtoon and a lot of the context isn't explained because the writers already assume that most people have read the source material and know the whole backstory. This was one problem with the drama that the writers and directors were trying to live up to fan expectations of the adaptation instead of treating it like a completely new story that needs context to be set up more clearly. The drama is still very very good and most people including the review here did understand what message they were trying to put out. Still I can see how some people would have completely missed the point of the drama so I so understand its important for interviews to set the background and explain context that some people might have missed out on.

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The drama should have that context in-show, though. It's wrong to assume that everyone has read the webtoon, especially for a drama on Netflix, where the majority of the audience is international. And besides, if they wanted to be loyal to the webtoon, then surely providing that webtoon context in-show would be the most accurate portrayal anyway? It's not missing the point, it's just acknowledging weak writing. I'm sure the webtoon is great, and far more layered, but this adaption left out important character beats that left the characters less well written as a result.

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I won't deny that some of the writing was weak and context was not properly laid out but my point still remains. Most people did not miss the layout of the characters and the message of the drama including the reviewer who highlights all the key points in this review. Maybe a re-watch will change how you view the drama but the characters and their motivations are pretty clear to most people. It has a deep message and is not just another high school romance.

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Sorry, just replying to this comment again since it won't let me reply to your later one :)

I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one- but I do want to say that I never criticised the 'deeper message,' regarding the themes surrounding the LA app. Like most reviewers of the season, I thought that element of the show was relatively strong and interesting (I still think they could have explored it more, judging from the recaps, but there's always season 2!) I just found some elements of the characters to be weakly written, or in other regards, blatantly unlikeable- the latter of which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the drama didn't really do anything to explore this, or have their characters develop very much over the drama (again, this is purely from recaps). A fair few reviewers (myself included) found the romance to be the weaker part of the drama because of this.

But yeah, I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree- in the end, past a certain point, it comes down to taste. I'm glad you enjoyed the drama, even if it wasn't my cup of tea! :)

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HAHA "fool me twice? not happening" lmao. i almost got fooled again and i watched my first first love.

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I don't watch My First First Love. They said that it is a remake of Because It's the First Time ( I don't watch this either :D)
But they said that the ending is different from the original?
So in MFFL season 1 the female ending with Male 1 but in season 2 end up with Male? while BITFT it end up with Male 1?

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season 1 she "ends" up with the 2nd male lead, and season 2 she ends up with the main male lead lol. i actually low key preferred her with the 2nd guy lol. her ending with the main male lead was kinda rushed

i thinkkkkk in the original she ends up with the 2nd male lead

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I’m not sure if I like this “two season” format. I like Love Alarm, but I wish that I’d waited until the second season was out to watch it. Thanks for the MFFL warning!

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it destroy the flow of the drama doing this. really dislike Netlfix for not understand that we like to have the whole story at once. not waiting over a year just to have the conclusion of the drama.

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Netflix has one modus operandi and it stuffs it down all it's dramas irrespective of language or region backgrounds. It's annoying but that's their rules and I don't think they care about what anyone feels about it. They've managed to bring up their subscriber numbers by leaving plots dangling and unfortunately it's worked too well for them. The internet went berserk at the end of this season demanding another one so it's basically a win for their strategy. 🤷‍♂️

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Reading this review, I somehow get a feeling the second season might take a thriller turn and introduce a virus to the app which distorts the feelings the app picks up which produces more conflict and severe grudges. I'd watch that.

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I'm a little surprised at how positively this drama has been received by a lot of people. I thought it was terrible. I really wanted to like it because the premise seemed interesting but the characters frustrated me and the plot wasn't fun to watch unfold. It all felt very messy.

I almost feel like I'm missing something that everyone else seems to have understood when watching this drama. Maybe I'm just too old for this tbh.

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Its not just positively received its a huge hit worldwide. Its their most popular korean original drama at present and song kang became an overnight sensation. They've compared him to heart throb and current 'it' star noah centino. Its a very good drama and not just the like typical high school dramas. The characters are unlikable on purpose and the plot hasn't started yet. If you read the webtoon you'll know that the high school part of is just set up and nothing happens at all in this part. The reason why the webtoon became so popular was because of how complex the relationships become due to the application and how it wrecked havoc in society. The three main characters represent the turmoil that application causes as they all suffer through the complications of being in love in a world where love is quantified and calculated.

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Netflix was overwhelmed by the extremely strong and positive response this drama got. Even critics on rotten tomato were praising it. They've been flooded with demands for another season. They keep pushing out content for the drama on a daily basis now but before it aired they barely promoted it. The best thing is that this show got popular purely by word of mouth and a lot of people chose to watch this over the new 13 reasons why season which is a massive deal! It wasn't just Asian countries but even Brasil, France etc were trending Love Alarm on their twitter. This is basically a hallyu drama in the true sense of the word!

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Damn! Good for them it's a hit but I'm still thinking this drama is overrated, like Heirs years ago (sorry, personal opinion, please don't hate me 😶)

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I don't know how you could put this in the same category as Heirs because this drama was dark as hell and personally I enjoyed Heirs despite also finding it very problematic. Overrated is very subjective and no drama should be called overrated it discounts all the effort the casts and the crew put into making the drama. Its better to say it isn't your personal cup of tea but don't hurt the efforts of everyone in front and behind the camera by calling it overrated. I'm not just saying it for this drama I mean it for all the dramas that become popular and people decide that now its reached the level of 'over rated'. People put in effort to make a project be it drama or movie or even just a dish lets not over simplify it with the word 'over rated'. I don't mean this comment as a personal attack though so I hope you don't feel offended.

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It's definitely not overrated. It's got a very strong premise, good chemistry and enjoyable performances.

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I am glad! I like kim so hyun and song kang even though acting was passable was eye candy galore along with so hyun and the visuals of the show! The visuals and the music really helped with the atmosphere even though the lines were a bit cheesy I can stomach it because of Youthful romance!

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Firstly the high praise KSH has gotten for this role is well deserved. Secondly the popularity of the drama comes as no surprise because it actually tackles the same old tropes in a very mature manner which would make more sense in today's world. Thirdly the bromance was sweetly set up in the beginning enough for me to care about it but it needed for screen time. Fourth I found the 'negative' characters in this drama to be as sympathetic as the leads so that's a testament to good characterisation. Fifth but not the least is the chemistry between the 3 main leads is palpable and extremely natural. I rooted for Sonho Jojo and I'm rooting for Sonho Hyeyong because both represent different stages of love both of which Jojo needs but at different points in her life. Most of all I'm rooting for the happiness of all 3 leads because they made me care deeply for them.

Additionally SK and JG could have done some scenes better but they never gave off rookie vibes which j would say is a good thing. Season 2 needs to be renewed quickly so that we can answer some important social issues the drama has raised. The other cliffhanger that surprised me was the non reveal of the original developer of love alarm. What really happened to this person? There is more I need
to know about the world that they've crafted in this drama.

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I want to upvote you 100 times!

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Extremely good review! 👍👍👍

Captures the essence of the drama and delves into the deeper meanings it sent across beyond the fluffy romance.

The success of the drama speaks for itself. Stateside and Europe it's getting a lot of attention among mainstry audiences which is rare especially for a small budget youth kdrama. A meaningful drama that questions much of how romance coexists with technology and very black mirror-esque in its execution which is always a good thing.

There wasn't one disappointing factor but then I too was expecting the story to end abruptly on a cliffhanger based on how Netflix has been doing things. I'm not into this for the shipping but the deeper meaning of what it means to love someone which the drama questions.

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I have been binging this drama for a week now. With Netflix, once you decide you want to watch, there are 8 eps of it so, you keep watching!!

Anyways, I mostly watched because I was curious about why that app came into existence and what exactly they are going to do with it and if there was Black Mirror kind of message.

The drama itself is not very good unfortunately. The characters are very old Kdrama stereotype. Candy female, rich male interest, poor male interest, bitchy/jealous second lead etc. etc. There is barely anything new.

The female lead has a huge trauma and quite possibly has PTSD or something like that but drama does not handle it very well. Instead, I was mostly very annoyed with her almost all the drama. Everyone is against her at home and school and it is quite hard to watch that cruelty.

Drama shows there were 3 guys interested in her w/o even trying to explain why. Out of them 2 have not even had a conversation to know who she is.

I could not root for the main couple because it starts off such a bad place. The guy knows he is flirting with his best friends crush and goes at it very aggressively. It was off putting. Plus, it was not this epic romance that you want to root for.

You could not root for the second lead because hello...Don't just watch on the sidelines with sad eyes. It is difficult to root for someone who does not even try to do anything about their feelings.

One of the pattern on the drama was how boys are fixated on one girl/boy and if they do not like them back, and even treat them very badly, keep looking at them sadly. Something about it just did not feel right to me. It actually feels very stalkery behavior rather than romantic.

Overall, I think it is a bit of a mess really.

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I loved Kim sohyun and I wasnt disappointed by her. Love alarm was a cotton candy love story from its cliché romance , cinematography and wistfully sweet osts I was hooked! My sister thought it was too syrupy sweet and Sun oh’s lines too corny but I forgave them why? Maybe because I bought in to the youthful impulsiveness of it all just like Jojo and Sun oh where I found refreshing that yeah sometimes you just want to kiss a cute guy or a cute girl and drown in reckless passion as a youth! I have to say it is fun looking at twitter and seeing people look at the webtoon and bemoaning the fact that second lead syndrome strikes again and a repeat of what happened to Eun bi or was it the other one? I forgot and Taekwang. There is still part 2 and I think that alas I and all those aboard with the second lead will have to endure. Kim so hyun and love triangles might be a recurring theme for us. I am pretty sure Love alarm creator is still alive and well making up new code and updates to add twists for the second season. I will watch and have my snacks ready and binge on the sad sad fate of the second lead gazing forlornly at Kim so hyun, seriously why Who are you 2015? I was pretty sure Taekwang had many more romantic and plot important scenes than the presumable first lead that I thought he was the lead? For Love alarm’s love triangle I could see a contrast of youthful romance and a more mellow young adult love that the show is going for . I for one just want Jojo to be happy and independant and the guys brotherhood to be intact. Why can’t they all date? I wonder if we would ever find a kdrama that would lead to that route. Maybe if not kdrama a jdrama?

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Om My God ..I can't believe you made a review of this drama. I just finish it on the weekend (the whole 8 episodes) and I'm so excited to hear your review

I love the drama but one thing that I hate is Why I need to choose one?!

I'm Sun Ho team but Hye-young is not bad at all but I have set my heart to Sun Ho already, so if Jojo choose Hye-young, I'm going to cry out the river TT___TT

This is like a dejavu for me when I read Fruit Basket manga, I love both of the male characters but I like Kyo more and I am so happy because Tohru choose Kyo over Yuki and I like when Yuki realize that his feeling for Tohru is more like a son to his mother because Yuki yearn for a mother's love and they even give Yuki a girlfriend.

But in this Love Alarm it looks like the other around. I'm afraid that Sun Ho love for Jojo is because he's lack of mother's love and he so comfortable with Jojo and that darn apps, Sun Ho so depending on that.

Hye-young old fashion of wooing the girls takes a great points and looks like he loves Jojo as a woman not anything less.

But I just see that Sun Ho and Jojo completing each other because they are the same foot so one can cheer another and I just think that's perfect!

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Oh my I haven't thought about fruits basket in years! I agree with you. Sun Ho has a lot of baggage and it feels like hes projecting some of those feelings onto her. I feel like her relationship with Hye-young is healthier and more mature.

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I think so too that HY is a better match because he's more mature and level headed by SO just tugs at my heart strings! It doesn't help that JJ and SO have enough chemistry to power a city! My confused heart doesn't know who to root for!

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Jojo is so unfortunate to have a cousin like Gul-mi. I don't think I encountered such a character that you love to hate. Also, her so-called best friend? Can an app called Love Lens also accompany the Love Alarm? It can gauge how fuzzy your love lens is versus reality. Posting those photos of her best friend in the name of her crush is unforgivable.

No wonder Jojo had to have the affection of both boys for her life to be fair.

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Her cousin and friends made my blood boil!

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I think that this drama ended up better than the sum of it's parts. On one level it's just your typical High School to College age love triangle story, with the extra cliche of one guy being a rich heir and the other being the son of his housekeeper. But what elevates it, I think, is that the fantastical premise of the show is treated like serious science fiction. The Love Alarm app somehow senses your attraction (not really LOVE is it? It's attraction, a crush, a physical attraction...) and puts it on the network the app shares. But it has the drastic effect of Outing gay people and announcing your feelings to the world at large. But as the show demonstrates, it also subsumes people making their own decisions about how they feel. "Do I love this guy? Let me check the app so it can tell me." While it's true that culturally a lot of Asian cultures are much more hesitant than Western cultures so as a Western man I have to calibrate how I look at the characters for that cultural difference. But that being done, the show doesn't shy away from people feeling isolated and rejected because of the app. And as good science fiction often is an allegory for something the real world, that's what this show is. It's an allegory for the way that people use social media to connect with others but actually can become severely isolated as a result.

I do think making only 8 episodes was a huge misstep. The only way it would be ok is if Netflix wanted to base it on the ongoing web comic and was actually open to it being multi-season. Based on how the first season ended, I am actually not sure if the Love Alarm 2.0 app might cause enough problems that a 3rd season could unfold, but it would be interesting to see that.

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They need to hurry up and announce season 2!

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Woah...whatever it is all I need is season 2 for this drama.The writer should take responsibility for his viewers.The story's ending is not yet concluded...

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Thanks!

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I love this drama so much! It really tugs you at your heart. It reminds me of the feeling I had with Boys over Flower and The Heirs. I haven’t been attached to a drama in so long until this one came along. Mainly, it’s due to Song Kang. He is just the cutest thing and his acting is great! I’ve always loved KSH since School 2015. And JG is great as well! KSH and SK has so much chemistry in this show. However, this show is not for everyone. All the characters are flawed but to be honest, high school kids are pretty immature and their actions are usually by impulse. Regardless, it is a must watch for those into high school/college romance.

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This was a great review and enjoyable drama! The thing I liked the most about this drama was the performances of the young cast who were capable enough to carry this rather cheesy yet depressing drama on their backs. The ending wasn't a real ending so I won't even pretend this drama actually concluded nor did it tie up much of the story. The annoying this is I might forget the plot by the time the new season shows up but on the bright side its a reason for me to marathon the drama yet again. Truthfully I don't think this drama covered much of what it wanted to yet so any discussion at this point would be premature so I'm going to hold off to see what they offer in the new season before nitpicking on the plot. In terms of performance this a was not a let down at all and chemistry was off the charts.

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Netflix totally fooled me! 😂😂😂😂

So, there's ep 9, right? 🤔 ska season 2?

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They ACTUALLY made a half-show. It's maddening.

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I totally enjoyed your season 1 review. After reading it I went straight to Netflix to watch the drama and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Thanks for the rec!

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We all know who she would choose. The writing was not fully fleshed out she and hye young barely got to spend time together so it is not even. She might like hye young but she obviously does not love him

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They'll flesh it out in the next season or so I assume.

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I love this omggggg

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