Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 1-4 Open Thread
KBS’s newest mystery rom-com just premiered, and yes, it’s every bit the genre mash-up we were expecting. With a little bit of music, a lotta bit of humor, and a whole lot of mystery — so far it’s a well-told story with some great characters (and a lot of questions).
EPISODES 1-4 WEECAP
The drama opens with our amnesiac + insomniac heroine HONG YI-YOUNG (Kim Se-jung) counting upwards of 45,000 sheep. For a girl with a sleeping problem — and a memory problem — she’s an absolute gem. She practices on her timpani with determination and discipline, even though she’s already failed 17 orchestra auditions. She works odd jobs, mostly as a designated driver, and remains remarkably persistent and optimistic. It’s her voice that narrates the drama, and it’s her story that’s about to unfold.
One rainy night, a stranger in her neighborhood offers her an umbrella. We later learn that he’s the pianist JANG YOON (Yeon Woo-jin), but to start he’s just a weird guy in a black hoodie. Yi-young and Jang Yoon run into each other regularly in the neighborhood, and one interaction is more hilarious than the next. He tells her he will do anything for money, and winds up with the nightly job of calling her at 11:50PM to sing her to sleep.
Even when Yi-young catches a break, she can’t catch a break. The new “passionate” orchestra director NAM JOO-WAN (Song Jae-rim, killing it so far) might have let her into Shinyoung Orchestra as the second timpanist, but it’s going to be an uphill climb. Not only is she off to a rocky start (once again accidentally flinging her mallet across the room), but the orchestra is a microcosm of drama.
There’s a hierarchy akin to any high school, a secret paparazzo that wreaks social havoc on the orchestra’s forum — and there’s a new first chair violinist (and obvious female antagonist), HA EUN-JOO (Ji-yeon). Oh, and Yoon also shows up as the orchestra’s new pianist. He and Yi-young sure seem fated to meet, and if this was just a rom-com the story would rely on that — but the mystery half of the drama makes it clear to us that Yoon knows a whole lot more about her past than Yi-young does. Ahh!
While we’re being entertained with scenes of Yi-young and Yoon interacting (these two are so great together onscreen), we’re also slowly clued in on Yi-young’s backstory.
“This is definitely not a love story,” Yi-young warns us, “It’s the story of a journey. The dark, vague, cruel journey to find my lost memories.” Though she marches forward as though nothing is holding her back, she’s actually lost all her memories from the summer of the previous year. And occasionally, those repressed memories (a creepyass knife, a ring on a man’s finger) are triggered by stimuli around her.
For a genre oversaturated with stories of repressed memories and bouts of amnesia, I really liked this drama’s take on it. It felt mysterious (instead of eyeroll boring), and the genre mash-up helped keep it feeling new. While a part of me feels like maybe I should have gotten tonal whiplash, for some reason it totally worked.
And not only did it work, but I enjoyed it to the max, and was actually pretty impressed with how the drama switched tones with so much agility. You’re crying with laughter one second, as Jang Yoon sings in the most godawful voice-cracking way you can imagine (it’s even funnier the second time!). Then, half a second later when he opens his piano bench to reveal a creepy secret, you’ve got the goosebumps instead.
I couldn’t have enjoyed these premiere episodes more. The characters are great, and the storytelling is quite well-paced. And there’s also the music component, which adds such a nice dimension to the drama. From Mozart to Tchaikovsky to Chopin, Let Me Hear Your Song uses some great classical music not only in the drama, but as a soundtrack to it.
Sometimes strange things lure me into watching a drama, and with Let Me Hear Your Song, it was entirely the fault of this poster featuring Kim Se-jung with a tortured facial expression, and some fluffy sheep around her as she tries to sleep. Can a poster really set the tone for a drama? Can Let Me Hear Your Song be every bit as cute, comical — and creepy — as the poster promised? *Cue the orchestra* So far, the answer is a very dramatic yes.
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