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Lovestruck in the City: Episodes 2-3 Open Thread

Our city lovers are given some tough questions this time around, unearthing not-so-pleasant memories and feelings. For the main couple in particular, there’s a lot of confusion in their past that’s travelled into the present: Was it real? Was it mutual? And, most importantly, is it still worth it?

 
EPISODES 2-3 WEECAP

Director-nim’s first question of the day is about sex, taking most of his subjects off guard. Architect Jae-won mentions that he likes initiating things with a kiss, but marketer Eun-oh and smiley Rin-yi say that there should be some discussion first.

The very straightforward Sun-young cooly states that all it takes is the look in her eyes. And though the subjects aren’t actually talking to each other, I like the effect of Sun-young’s gaze surprising Geon (who hasn’t had sex in a long time).

We then learn that Rin-yi and her boyfriend Kyung-joon have been dating for five years. And though their first sexual experience together wasn’t perfect, they were adorably awkward and sweet. That said, I still don’t know how I feel about these flashbacks…

We go into another flashback, with our main couple on their vacation. After the party at Bin and Lala’s, Jae-won and Eun-oh became inseparable. They helped around the restaurant, they played with the dog (literally named “Dog”) on the beach… But whenever they got to talking about going back to Seoul, Jae-won even wondering if they could meet up there, Eun-oh went silent.

One day, Eun-oh revealed that she wanted to try surfing even though she was afraid of water. Once she felt brave enough, she had Jae-won teach her, feeling safe with him next to her. She practiced over and over until she finally balanced herself on the board, only to knock into someone and fall into the water. Jae-won rushed over, concerned to see a cut on her forehead.

Back in the surf shack, as Jae-won tended to Eun-oh’s wound, Eun-oh teared up and admitted that she was proud of herself. She’d been so scared standing on her board, but at the same time, it felt like she was on top of the world.

Jae-won proceeded to towel dry Eun-oh’s hair, when his finger brushed against her lips. After a charged moment, he started to pull away, but she brought his hand back to her mouth. This led to a pretty intense makeout session — and though this isn’t part of the “docu,” the faux realness of it all makes me feel uncomfortable, like I should look away.

The couple eventually took their kissing to Jae-won’s camper, where things got more serious. Jae-won said “I love you” without thinking, knowing it was too early, but meant it. Eun-oh never said it back, and to this day, it bothers Jae-won. Especially because the next morning, after spending the night together, he saw her flirting with another guy.

In their interviews, Eun-oh says that it was a spur-of-the-moment thing and that they only had sex once. Hearing this from Director-nim, Jae-won correctly guesses that Eun-oh is a part of the docu. Eun-oh already knew about Jae-won participating, as well as where he is now. But she can’t do anything but take the blame for the breakup, since she didn’t show him the real her.

Director-nim’s follow-up question is about The Morning After and what that’s like. And I’ve gotta say, I’m really liking the indirect interactions between all the subjects. For instance, here, Jae-won and Geon start arguing about who knows better and it’s hilarious (Geon: “Why didn’t you think it could’ve been a one-night stand?” Jae-won: “Aren’t you that single guy who hasn’t dated in years?”).

The last of our connections is revealed, as we have a flashback to five years ago. It turns out that Geon and Sun-young slept together, though the next morning, Geon couldn’t remember a thing. To top it off, they didn’t even know each other’s names. But they were certainly attracted to each other.

Returning to our main couple’s flashback, we see that their next few days together were super awkward on Jae-won’s part. He felt like Eun-oh was ignoring him, even more so when he found out she’d learned a new surfing trick without him. They had an almost-conversation about it, but Jae-won just left frustrated.

However, Jae-won heard from Eun-oh’s friend Gyung-goo (yay, more Lee Sang-yoon~) that when he cancelled going to the movies, Eun-oh said she would go with Jae-won instead. So Jae-won had hope that Eun-oh did like him.

Jae-won held up handwritten notes to the window where Eun-oh was working, asking her to come over to his camper that night. Eun-oh smiled at the gesture, but his final note gave her pause: “If you don’t come by 6 p.m., I’ll take it as an ‘I don’t like you.'”

Eun-oh narrates that she fully intended to stand him up, to leave their relationship as a one-night stand, but she remembered why she left Seoul in the first place — because she hated herself. At the last minute, she ran out of work and caught Jae-won just in time, wanting to be with him even if she had to be Yoon Sun-ah.

This is an interesting twist, since I assumed Eun-oh would leave after their night together. But to know that she tried to ignore him, tried to leave him behind, and couldn’t… Gah, I want them to meet in the city so badly! Flashback Jae-won and Eun-oh looked so giddy in love, and it’s sad to see how lonely they are now.

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This show barely feels like a Korean drama, but I can't decide if it's a refreshing departure from the norm or if it's exorbitantly carefree. Maybe it's just because I'm obsessed with work and I could never let myself go on a two month vacation, let alone fall in love without any regard to consequence like that. I hope that the city will serve as a grounding factor and help Jae-won and Eun-oh start over in a more.. traditional way?

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Out of all characters we have got very little information about Eun-oh. She is still mystery. We still don’t know what she really thinks. We just saw series of events where she took one baffling decision after other. It is very difficult to root for a couple where one party had constructed a very fake persona and other rushing through things without thinking it through.

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Still not warmed up to the main couple in this story but I find Eun Oh intriguing. What was she escaping and why did she take on this personality?

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I actually really like this carefree, less grounded start of a relationship that we see between Seon ah and Jae won. It’s less dramatic and angsty than the usual relationships portrayed in drama land and in that sense I find it easier to watch. obviously I don’t know how things will change as they meet in the present day but I like what we are getting so far.

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Jae-won is too clingy. Why would he get upset when Sun-ah didn't come by 6 when he knows she has to work? When he said "saranghae" on their first night, I was like, "What, did I miss a timeskip?" but he's just the type who falls in love fast.

Either due to the web drama format or the 30-minute episodes or
the mockumentary style, I feel as if we only know these characters on a superficial level.

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I love the camera interactions and how characters openly about sex and relations, which is so different (with honorable exceptions) to most kdramas. I like how they seem to be talking to each other when they're not.
As for the main love story, I find it really boring. I can totally get a crush, I can get you can fall for someone in a minute, but somehow I find JaeWon not believable, his infatuation seems excessive and obsessive (how could he say "I love you" on their first night together when they've barely knew each other??? That was soooooo creepy).
Also, I usually like KJW, but I find her quite meh here.

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I was not really onboard the interview format in ep 1 but by ep 2 & 3, I totally loved it! The seeming interactions between the 6 characters are gold; so cheeky and fun. And the topics are rather interesting. Pretty raw and unabashedly. Did you see how the rest dismissed Jae Won about his morning after? It was so hilarious.

I also find that while the drama is 30 mins long, there are a fair bit of details that either support some backstory or give some insights to the characters' emotional state.

Gyung Joon and Rin Yi were so cute in ep 2. Both the theater and hotel scenes are laugh-out-loud funny. So Ju Yeon is so cute! OMGosh. But I thought she should have just kept her tank top on. Not being a prude but I had concerns for her career especially cos she has another high school ongoing drama.

Anyway, going by the title of the drama, this show will spend more time exploring their lives and romance in present-day Seoul. I think the beach resort serves as a contrast and possibly to aid character development.

On a holiday, all those feelings the leads felt are real. Jae Won is trying to live his dream of a one-month surfing holiday while Eun Oh is trying to break out of her hated life. So naturally, many inhibitions are shed and some of their actions could seem inexplicable or OTT. I felt a disconnect with Eun Oh's Seon Ah persona. She seemed so unnatural. At first I thought there was something wrong with KJW's acting but when I realized Eun Oh is trying to be bold and all, I think she portrayed it very well. Also, she wasn't really faking it that much...it's just a side of her she hasn't explored and she was also trying to challenge her own boundaries.

As for Jae Won, he's such a romantic fool but also a gentleman. I felt the part where he said "I love you" to Seon Ah, he was kinda of trying to justify to both of them that they're acting out of love. I'm sure he had some good affections of her as he said he like her but it's not a deep love as yet. But their passions have escalated too quickly and he might have felt a need to "assure" himself? There was something in the 2nd time he said it that came across as determined.

I noticed however all the girls in the drama were the ones leading the guys. No shy girls? Haha? And the guys were the shy ones? Or at least more so compared to the girls. Even the novelist is pretty shy going by his romantic records.

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I'm having a hard time divorcing So Ju Yeon from her role in Lovestruck and watching A Love so Beautiful. I can't not see her as an adult surrounded by kids in A Love.

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I really like the format. It's very interesting and the interactions between the cast pretty funny.

For the main love story, it's hard to believe it between the FL who is lying to everybody and overall to herself and the ML is very weirdly in love with a woman he just met. Except her being a free soul, I don't see any deeper reason to be attached like this...

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People fall in love at first sight, it happens. It has been the ever lasting theme in romantic stories. Jae-won's is just one of them. As he said in the interview, he is attractive to interesting or weird woman, that is how Eun-oh seems to him. That night he said "I love you" twice, the first time the words might be rushed out of passion, but second time he said it in determined way. As Eun-oh didn't say it back, I can feel sadness in Jaw-won's eyes.
So far we don't know much about Eun-oh, what happened to her in the past, does she really love Jae-won? Did she know that Jae-won hurts a lot when he found out her leaving without any word? The answers to these I really want to find out from future episodes.

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Who can share about the background song which mention the rain falling…

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I believe it is one of the newly created OST, will be released later.

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Waiting ⋯& thanks 👍

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I really want to give this show a chance. I do. But after 4 eps, I don't know how much longer I could stand the story. The story going nowhere for 2 hours. No point wasting time in the beach scene, when viewer already know where the relationship would go. And it's hard for me to believe their story when everything are under false pretenses.nothing interesting watch a man fallen for some another manic pixie dream girl, let alone the fake one. Other character barely has story to tell, just playing filler to explain the story that viewer already know. I am not sure with the 30 minutes format, especially when they barely show meaningful progress in every episode. If they go with standard 52 minutes format, I am pretty sure they could make the whole beach story in one episode and start the seoul story in second episode.

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I've got to admit, that for once I am having a hard time with this drama. As @sukstan said above, I can't decide whether this style of drama is a refreshing change or a bit too different than my usual taste in dramas.
I was intrigued by the 'lovers trying to date in the city' concept because i am very much a city girl. But we've barely seen them in the city.
I get that these episodes are a setup for the main storyline, but for once I can't wait for the main story line to start in the city.

I guess as an academic I find the concept of being able to take a month/2 month long vacation a little too implausible (for me, perhaps other career paths have provision for such a break). But at the same time, I wish I could be like EunSo and take a very real break from the real world. Just for a bit. Note her lack of electronic devices. I wonder what she is really running from.

As seen in the 'docu' she is certainly back in the city, so I am very curious to see how they bring her back to 'civilization'

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I really wanted to like this show but so far I'm very meh about it. I hope it gets better.

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I am really enjoying this drama and the interview format! It's so different and refreshing! Feels a bit more reality show than a plotted story line.

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It has been a long time that I haven't seen such refreshing kdrama. It is so different from the usual ones. The narrative style is very interesting. It is not hard too see that the PD, script writer and actors have done a great job to tell love stories without dragging it into boredom. Last but not the least, Actor Ji Chang Wook has again shown his outstanding acting skills to make everyone of us want to fall in love again. Desperately looking forward to the rest of the episodes !❤❤❤

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Know what? I love to see Korean dramas especially those of my favorite actor Ji Chang Wook and I just know that I enjoy watching them, I don't know why there is so much detail, what if the format, what if he told her that he loved her very quickly, for me to see A drama is to enjoy seeing the performances, the scenarios that are beautiful and above all that if it is a romantic drama with more reason, when you fall in love you do crazy things and your behavior is not the same, we all act differently and I like that everyone thinks differently, I love Locestruck in the city. By the way, if the holidays of 2 months and even longer exist.

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The format is refreshing and Ji Chang Wook has yet again transformed seamlessly into his character, showing his superb acting prowess. His gaze is intense enough to melt hearts and his visuals never fail to make knees weak. His love is intense and heartbreak palpable. Anyone who has fallen in love at first meeting will be able to totally relate and know love isn’t always logical. For those who have not, well... it can happen. There are many unanswered questions that are like clues in a treasure hunt to make this drama riveting from a human interest perspective. With each episode, I want to know more! What are Jaewon and Eunoh’s back stories? What brought him to finally realize his dream of taking a month off to live in a camper and surf? Could not have been easy to pull off... How did Eunho get to a point where she disliked herself? What excruciating lengths did Jaewon go to try and find her? Can you imagine the frustration if it were you? What does she find on the roll of film she’s taken to get developed? How will they run into each other? She said she’d fall in love again if it happened in the same way. He’s said the same. Will they? Could you forgive? Ugh! Can’t wait for the next episode!!!

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Love this drama...the chemistry is over flowing

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I love this series so far. From its aesthetically pleasing shots to ost to the lead’s undeniabe chemistry... everything is beautiful. I also find the interview format very refreshing. It depicts people’s real love stories and even openly talk about kiss, sex, which is normal. Come on, this happens in real life. I am curious how their love story will unfold. Patiently waiting for next episodes.

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Lovestruck in the City is one of the best kdrama so far the chemistry of jichangwook and Kimjiwon is superb. Every episode was a heart fluttering. Ohhh I love my yangyang couple😍

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Camera interactions is the main reason I like this show, because this kind of opening is very special, I like it very much. This drama has presented a high standard in both the soundtrack and photography. The director and actors performed very well, and the fourth episode began to present a very interesting situation. I look forward to the plot on Tuesday.
And I really like Park Jae Won played by jichangwook.

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The visual of this drama is very nice! Love all the scenes of beach, surfing, camping in trailer and camera. The interview style is very new..it builds the excitement but then it also kills it within 30 mins because the audience know the ending that they broke up. So it’s a bit hard to watch they have sex and then we were told they were done the next day...and that they were married and then she disappeared. I am still not sure why Seo ah wanted to leave. What is the reason that she is trying to avoid being found out her character by Jae Won? If she is trying to transform herself, then it doesn’t matter how her old self is like right? I can get their romance and spike but need more story telling about Seo Ah. She seems like a mysterious woman. But I like Ji Chang Wook’s acting. He shows us another side of him again and the way he talks and acts make audience relatable. At first I thought the film will be more about how city couple escape to the beach to date and live and relax, but it doesn’t seem to be. Still waiting for the theme about City. I do like that Jae Won take a month off. He seems to be a carefree type.
I feel like the other two couples are irrelevant. I would rather cut them off and just focus on the main couple. It is only 30 min episode, we want to see more of Jae Won and Seo Ah..maybe even less “talking” more acting.

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Watching the drama unfold in the form of interviews is interesting because I feel like I'm in it with them.
The speed of development is also good.
It's 30 minutes long, so it's easy to watch.

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At first it's a bit for me to understand the story because of the format..but as the story continues and i started to understand and accept that this drama really interesting.a very realistic modern love story..if you're looking for a sweet n rich prince charming in normal n standard k-drama then this is not your type of k-drama..
All the characters in this drama are normal people in our daily life..
Its a fast pace drama..starting from episod 3&4 i really want to know more about jaewon n seonah.what makes Eunoh hates herself that she decided to be Seonah at Yang-yang..i love how pure Jaewon with his feeling towards Seonah..and love at firstsight is not wrong..it can happened to anyone..
I really hope Jaewon n Eunoh will have a happy ending.

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lovestruck in the city is fun as interview form drama! It's getting more and more interesting!!

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Lovestruck’s format is refreshing, story is heartwarming and Ji Chang Wook’s acting is incredible as he melds into character brilliantly. His talent is undeniably magnificent with each expression engendering an immediate desire to give him a huge hug or laugh at the fun interaction with his father and cousin. You know Park Jaewon’s love and hurt are genuine and hope for a happy ending! Can’t wait for the next episodes!!! Watching and rewatching each episode since 30 minutes is not long enough!!

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Love this drama for so many reasons.
1. The vibe and format are diffrent from any kdramas
2. Its international style
3. Top level chemistry
4. Top level visuals
5. Top level cinematography
6. Cute and simple story we can relate yet Frank discussion about love, sex and relationship
Above all, Jichangwook and all the cast nailed it in their roles not to mention the meticulous directing of the IOTNBO director. Brilliant 💯💕

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