First Week Review: Fight For My Way

Fight for My Wayalso known as Third-Rate My Way, is everything but no third-rate! Aside from the leads Park Seo-joon and Kim Ji-won who are popular enough to attract viewers, the romcom drama has something relatable to tell that compels the viewers to watch its episodes. It points to how ordinary people fight their own way to their dreams and find their natural course to love. Here’s my review based on its first two episodes.

But before anything else here’s the synopsis of the drama:

Fight For My Way centers on the story of two ordinary people who are going through major setbacks in achieving their dream career paths because of the highly competitive working environment. One is a former Taekwondo player who is now a contract worker in a company while the other dreams of becoming a news anchor but is still working as an information desk officer at a department store. The two are longtime friends who gradually develop romantic affection for each other.

The drama speaks of everyone’s humble beginnings. Most of us started from something small if not from total scratch. As we take our baby steps towards what we aim for, we inevitably face setbacks and failures. However, as what the drama conveys, these mishaps should never take us down but instead mold us to become better and stronger. Despite her homeroom teacher’s disbelief on Choi Ae-ra’s (Kim Ji-won) ability to become a news anchor, years later, she emerges to possess the talent as she was able to successfully host her friend’s wedding. Meanwhile, the fight scene of Go Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) with the arrogant trainee of his previous coach foreshadows him regaining his strength and becoming a star taekwondo player once again. 

The characters have a positive outlook on life despite harsh reality. Despite the problems thrown at them, the characters continue to look forward and do not dwell on the negative. Although Go Dong-man for some reason does not want to do anything related to Taekwondo anymore, he keeps living earnestly by working for a pest control company. Choi Ae-ra is also very diligent in her work and is even able to support her boyfriend in his studies. She, however, learns that her boyfriend cheated on her and that all her efforts come to nothing. Still, she maintains her positive disposition in life and continues forward.

The smartest in their group of friends, Kim Joo-man (Ahn Jae-hong) holds a permanent position at a home shopping network and earns a huge sum of money for his project but is soon disappointed when he realizes that his commission is very small. Dispirited as he is of corporate slavery, he doesn’t have a choice but to work even harder. His girlfriend, Baek Seol-hee (Kim Sung-oh), also finds it difficult to work under the same company as Kim Joo-man’s. She garners strength and inspiration from her boyfriend and patiently waits for him to propose to her.

The relationship of Go Dong-man and Choi Ae-ra is something very natural and relatable. Although we might not have been lucky enough to experience falling in love with a friend, we can surely imagine how such would go. ???? The scenes of the two are definitely “friendship goals” but could also be seen as “relationship goals”. Romantic intimacy or “skinship” aside, there’s actually no difference between what Go Dong-man and Choi Ae-ra, and a real couple do for each other. Many times already in the first episodes, the two support, protect and care for each other. A lesson we could all learn from this kind of relationship is that although it is something very natural, it definitely takes time—the two knew each other since childhood. Having a friend we know, trust and admire is really comforting and we are surely blessed if we end up with such a person.

Fight For My Way airs on KBS every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 KST. The third and fourth episodes will be out tonight and tomorrow night.

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