I’m not angry or upset that SBS Wed-Thurs drama While You Were Sleeping didn’t end up meeting expectations. Unlike other K-dramas which vexed me so, this one was just placid enough I watched with increasingly detached interest and was even pleasantly surprised that the final two episodes managed to wring a tear out of me. But it was never about the two leads, their characters or chemistry, that elicited any connection for me. This drama’s sole winning ways were for the supporting cast, namely Jung Hae In and even more so Kim Won Hae‘s character.
The foretelling dreams lost its hook quickly and the OTP were so decent there wasn’t any angst, so in the end it was the side characters with their secrets, regrets, and unexpectedly losses that made me shed a tear when the central story left me clinically following along. Lee Jong Seok and Suzy were a flat line that didn’t blip up or down, and that’s really the summation of the entire drama except for the fantastic first episode. I don’t know what Park Hye Ryun could have done better because the narrative was cohesive, so maybe the dreams of the future conceit just doesn’t work any way you dream it.