MBC’s One Spring Night has consistently been one of the highest-rated and most buzzworthy Korean dramas since its premiere on May 22. Not only does it reunite Jung Hae-in with Ahn Pan-seok and Kim Eun—the director-writer team behind Something In The Rain, the drama that launched him into stardom—it also stars Han Ji-min who’s fresh off the success of The Light In Your Eyes.
With the buzz, however, also came caution as some fans expressed hesitation to watch another drama from the creators of Something In The Rain whose ending left many viewers unsatisfied last year. So far, One Spring Night has done a good job of setting up the conflicts surrounding Jung Hae-in and Han Ji-min’s characters, as well as the secondary characters. As the drama officially steps into its second half tonight, here are some things we are expecting from the story.
More interactions between Ji-ho and Eun-woo
One of the big surprises of this show is Jung Hae-in‘s character, Yoo Ji-ho, turning out to be a single dad. The adorable Ha Yi-an essays the role of his son, Eun-woo, who lives with Ji-ho’s parents. Despite them not living together, Ji-ho is a pretty constant presence in his son’s life, taking him out for outings to the library and the park, cherishing him in a quiet, sweet way.
My one complaint from the first half of this show is—not enough cute scenes between the father and son! While I understand that Ji-ho and Jung-in’s relationship is the focus of the drama, Eun-woo forms a pretty significant part of their equation. And since Eun-woo is already super comfortable with Jung-in (Han Ji-min), I see no reason for the show to starve us of cute interactions between the trio.
A satisfying resolution to Seo-in’s arc
Lim Seong-eon‘s character Seo-in is the older sister of Jung-in, and was introduced to the viewers in a chilling scene of her compiling photos of injuries and bruises in a folder. Over the course of 16 episodes, we’ve known Seo-in as a successful and financially independent news announcer caught in a marriage gone horribly wrong. The show attempts to present the reality of domestic abuse as something that can happen to any woman, and explores attitudes among families and the society that make it difficult for women to get out of these toxic marriages while also providing us beautiful examples of the women in Seo-in’s life giving her support.
Seo-in’s career is heavily dependent on her ‘clean’ image, which she constantly worries about while preparing to divorce her husband. In the 16th episode, she’s shown dealing with a pregnancy scare, which could further complicate the process. In Something In The Rain, writer Kim Eun attempted to tackle the realities of workplace harassment through Son Ye-jin’s character. The resolution of that arc, however, was termed unsatisfactory by fans. I’m hoping that’s not the case this time. I would love to see Seo-in leave her marriage behind and explore new career options.
Character development for Ki-seok
Kwon Ki-seok (Kim Jun-han) is probably one of the most complicated characters in the show—not because he’s a villain but because he’s a very real, flawed person with good intentions. You don’t want to like him, but you can’t hate him either. As Jung-in’s long-term boyfriend, he comes across as boring and dispassionate, but never really toxic or controlling. He genuinely seems to be trying his best for Jung-in, even if his best isn’t enough for her anymore.
I would love to see a healthy character development for Ki-seok. He doesn’t seem to be the type to turn obsessive or violent if he doesn’t get the woman he wants, and I would like to see him deal with his girlfriend falling out of love with him in a mature way. The show has also alluded several times to music being his passion, which he had put on the back burner, and I would like to seem him rediscover his passionate side and find love again.
More of the Lee sisters defying patriarchy
The Lee sisters’—Seo-in, Jung-in, and Jae-in (Joo Min-kyung)—constant refusal to give into patriarchal ideas of marriage and womanhood is probably one of my favorite aspects of this show. The drama doesn’t shy away from exploring the heavily sexist mindsets of men around these women—from Jung-in’s father’s obsession with her marriage because of her age and Ki-seok’s father commenting that men don’t need to worry about marriage as much as women do, to the pressure on Seo-in to make her marriage work despite her husband being abusive.
What’s really satisfying, however, is the way the Lee sisters are fighting back against the forces dictating their life. Jung-in constantly makes it clear that she will marry only when she feels like it and not because of her age and supports her sister’s decision to get a divorce. It’s these moments that complement the realism of the show with a positive, hopeful change and makes it worth the watch.
Ji-ho and Jung-in’s relationship to have more depth
I’ll admit, I’m not entirely behind this couple yet. They look cute and seem to share similar values; I have no doubt they will be great together, but it’s just that there hasn’t been a period of us watching them discover each other’s quirks and personality and fall in love. Even halfway into the show, their attraction seems superficial and flippant as love at first sight arcs tend to be. This, I feel, is at odds with the insurmountable obstacles they face on their path to start dating. I find myself wishing I was more invested in their connection than I am right now.
I would love if the show took more time to explore Ji-ho and Jung-in’s chemistry, what draws and ties them to each other, and their connection before they begin dating in the earnest. When we finally get that sweet happy ending (I really hope we do), I want to be satisfied that these two people who went through hell just to be together truly deserve each other.
Will you be tuning into One Spring Night tonight? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!