The beginning was good, but the later part of them was disappointing.
“Twenty-five, Twenty-one” and “Forecasting Love and Weather“, which aired their first episode at the same time on February 12th, announced a smooth start by enjoying the special effects from the aftermath of the Olympics. In addition to Nam Joo-hyuk and Kim Tae-ri‘s fantastic chemistry, “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” was loved for drawing colorful aspects of youth, while “Forecasting Love and Weather” was well received by the well-organized story based on thoroughly researched material about Meteorological Administration.
However, neither of these two works has maintained the initial momentum. It seems that they have lost their pace and continue to develop irrational moves that are difficult for viewers to sympathize with.
“Twenty-five, Twenty-one” was strongly criticized for dealing with love stories between an adult and a minor. At the beginning of the drama, there was no problem with the relationship between 19-year-old Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri) and 23-year-old Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-hyuk). This is because they were friends who protected each other’s dreams and prayed for each other’s happiness when the era took that away from them. At this time, their love was a feeling close to humanity. However, the series was criticized as the couple developed into a dating relationship when Na Hee-do was still a minor, and they kissed at the moment she turned from 19 to 20.
That’s not the only problem. The excessive story of Ko Yu-rim’s (Bona) misfortune also makes the viewers frown. Ko Yu-rim is known as a character who strived for achievements in fencing due to her poor family background. After resolving her misunderstanding with Na Hee-doo, who used to be considered her rival, Ko Yu-rim changed her nationality to Russian to earn money and protect her family from the car accident caused by her father. This unconvincing sudden development continued to overshadow the refreshing atmosphere of the drama and the actors’ enthusiastic performances.
“Forecasting Love and Weather”, which was loved for its speedy developments, is losing its appeal due to the sluggish story. The sweet romance was shown briefly at the beginning of the drama, but the characters’ conflicts are being reportedly depicted, increasing the viewers’ tiredness while watching.
In line with the title “Forecasting Love and Weather”, stories of not only the main characters but many others are also included, making the development more like telling about family histories rather than love stories. Naturally, the screen time of the main couple, Lee Si-woo (Song Kang) and Jin Ha-kyung (Park Min-young), also decreased. There is one more thing that distracts the viewers’ attention in this drama. Dramas often have villains, but the existence of Lee Si-woo’s father, who keeps showing up and acts violently, only causes anger.
The two are keeping a consistent amount of concrete audiences until the end, and ranking high at the top of Netflix’s chart. However, many people raise questions about whether various indicators of performance, such as ratings, are proportional to the production of the two dramas. Both “Twenty-five, Twenty-one” and “Forecasting Love and Weather”, which are about to end soon, seem to have crossed an irreversible river to hope for a successful ending.