Warning: major spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.
Father is Strange is a drama about a family whose lives’ were disrupted by an actor who claims he’s the son of the family’s father. It was heartwarming yet funny with the perfect kind of humor. It was my first family drama and the first drama I actually kept track of (because I usually wait for dramas to finish to binge watch). And it was a choice I will never regret.
It made me cry, laugh, overflow with feelings, it made me feel everything. It showed all kinds of love – family love, romantic love, sibling love, friendships.
Young married couples, young recently-started-dating couples, old married couples, familes and friends, this drama has showed its viewers the kind of love we should all be looking for and yearning for. It warmed my heart, made me smile and cry along with the characters, fell in love with the whole drama family.
The drama overflowed with these young couples who I’m sure each of us can relate to (at least relate to one of them). So let me talk about these couples and what I thought of them.
1. Byun/Lee Hye Young & Cha Jung Hwan – the badass couple
This headstrong couple amazed me simply because they both know what they wanted. They were hard-headed most times but other times, they were willing to back down all in the name of love. I loved their history that goes way, way back. It only shows that your truest love will always come back to you. I also see myself in the character of Hye Young. Like her, I don’t see myself as a married woman. But although she is far more determined than me in terms of that, she still married her love and stayed with him until the end. I also hope for that kind of love, in the future of course.
2. Byun/Lee Mi Young & Ahn Joong Hee – the all-around couple
This was the couple I was rooting for from start to finish, and honestly no regrets there at all. They’re the drama couple I’m always looking for in a drama. They’re cute, mature, and their storyline of celebrity-normal person couple was just the perfect clichè I love-but-don’t-want-to-admit. Their ending was perfect. And how they decided to get married towards the end, after everything they went through, showed their matured side, how they’re meant for each other, and how, in one way or another, what happened to them and theirfamilies was supposed to happen for them to find each other.
3. Byun/Lee Joon Young & Kim Yoo Joo – the precious couple
This couple showed the reality every couple is faced with. Their relationship was mature, real, and precious all the way through the drama. They showed what it’s like to be married and not be ready for the commitment of family life. The reason I dubbed them as the drama’s precious couple was due to them losing their child. At first, my feelings were neutral about this couple. But that single lost they portrayed in the drama gave them a space in my heart. I felt their lost, my heart ached for them, and my heart jumped for happiness when they found themselves again after that heartbreaking lost.
4. Byun/Lee Ra Young & Park Chul Soo – the cute couple
Oh my gosh, this couple. I loved this couple in so many ways. Everytime they appeared on screen, you’ll be expecting a laugh or smile here and there, as if it’s an instinct. This couple gave the drama its fresh vibe, with them being the young couple and all. Also, the storyline of Chul Soo coming from a rich family whose father disapproves of his girlfriend, Ra Young, was another kdrama clichè I still love. It was a clichè a bit over the top, with a chairman father and all that social status difference, but it was indeed hilarious and gave the drama the humor it sometimes needed.
The whole plot of the drama was very well-written, and for that I commend its team of writers. It was deep, and for every question I have I though was a plot hole, boom, the drama gives me an answer. I also loved how there wasn’t only one storyline. There were branches of stories and for that, you can’t ever be bored watching it. It also gives the viewers a chance to pick a favorite storyline and something to look forward to.
The ending of the drama was everything I needed for the ending of a drama. It made me happy, satisfied, and gave each character/storyline their well-deserved ending. It didn’t leave me hanging and gave me all the answers I needed. Everyone was happy, everyone ended up with their true loves.
I couldn’t ask for more. Except, of course, for more episodes. I could literally watch the continuation of this drama with just them going about their normal lives after their big problem was resolved. I would love to see Lee Yoon Seok proven innocent of a crime he didn’t do, Joon Young and Yoo Joo try to get pregnant again and succeed, Jung Hwan and Hye Young start a family of their own, Joong Hee and Mi Young start their married life, Ra Young and Chul Soo build their own careers and get married at the blessings of their families, and the birth of Uncle Young Shik’s and Aunt Bo Mi’s twins, and the list goes on.
This drama was heartwarming – it will make you smile, laugh, cry along with the characters. You get attached and invested into their lives and their dreams and aspirations. In the end, you root for them, you love them. It’s a much recommended drama for everyone looking for something to watch and fall in love with.
Note: all screenshots from the drama’s final episode belongs to me.